PRC law firms take top spots in Asia M&A ranking for first time

August 26, 2009 Beijing-based law firms Commerce & Finance and Deheng took the top two spots of the Asia-Pacific M&A league table by value in the first half of 2009 --- the first time that PRC firms top a legal advisory league table.

According to Mergermarket, Commerce & Finance and Deheng have advised on US$20bn and US$19bn worth of deals, in the first six months of 2009.

Mergermarket Asia-Pacific M&A league table by value (US$m):

1. Commerce and Finance Law Offices (20,248)
2. DeHeng Law Offices (19,171)
3. Mallesons Stephen Jaques (17,793)
4. Linklaters (16,540)
5. Allens Arthur Robinson (15,256)
6. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (13,923)
7. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (13,899)
8. Johnson Winter & Slattery (13,591)
9. Clifford Chance (12,867)
10. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (12,828)

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