Non-American law firms move up latest list of top dealmakers

October 19, 2007 The third-quarter tables for legal advisers - those charts that list how many deals firms have worked on - provide few surprises but offer a glimpse into the tight credit market, which brought deals to a halt this summer in the United States. While the top players remained unchanged, several non-U.S. firms moved up - underscoring the importance of European deals and the strength of bidders outside the United States. The perennial front-runners - Sullivan & Cromwell; Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz - share the top billing this quarter with firms based outside the United States - Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy, Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, in the tables released by Bloomberg, Thomson Financial and Mergermarket.

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