Linklaters tops M&A league as deal volume plunges 38 Percent

January 2, 2009 Linklaters was hired to advise on four of the 10 biggest mergers and acquisitions in 2008, leading the M&A league table published by Bloomberg today. In the smallest deal market in four years, total announced mergers and acquisitions plunged 38 percent to $2.50 trillion from $4.06 trillion in 2007.

Bloombergs's list of top-ranked M&A law firms:

Firms (Values in billions)

2008

1. Linklaters ($364.5)
2. Sullivan & Cromwell ($308.9)
3. Freshfields Bruckhaus ($304.0)
4. Skadden Arps ($281.8)
5. Blake Cassels ($248.4)
6. Clifford Chance ($202.7)
7. Simpson Thacher ($198.3)
8. Wachtell Lipton ($186.7)
9. Cleary Gottlieb ($185.7)
10. Cravath Swaine ($184.1)

2007

1. Sullivan & Cromwell ($434.3)
2. Allen & Overy ($401.6)
3. Freshfields Bruckhaus ($374.4)
4. Wachtell Lipton ($357.8)
5. Clifford Chance ($349.7)
6. Simpson Thacher ($342.9)
7. Linklaters ($337.4)
8. Uria Menendez ($269.7)
9. Skadden Arps ($255.3)
10. Blake Cassels ($251.2)

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