NEW YORK, June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Deal, a business unit of TheStreet Inc. (NASDAQ: TST), announced the results of its exclusive rankings of the top investment banks, law firms, and PR advisers engaged in private equity transactions globally in The Deal's inaugural Private Equity League Tables. Data collected captures advisers to target/seller and acquirer/bidder companies involving transactions announced between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2016.
"As The Deal continues to chronicle the evolving private equity industry, we are excited to unveil the inaugural PE M&A league tables," said The Deal's reporter Armie Lee. "In the first quarter of the year, private equity firms navigated an environment of volatile equity and debt markets. Going forward, recent events such as the 'Brexit' vote could impact the deal landscape."
League Table highlights:
- Among investment banks, Barclays Capital topped the list with 20 PE deals, evenly representing sellers and bidders. Jefferies LLC and Lazard Ltd. tied for second with 18 deals. 15 of Jefferies' deals involved representing the target. Lazard acted as banker to ten sellers and eight buyers. Rothschild and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP finished third and fourth with 15, and 14 deals respectively.
- Among law firms, Kirkland & Ellis LLP was the top counsel to companies, with 53 deals, in 40 of which it represented the acquirer. Latham & Watkins LLP was second with 29 deals, and Goodwin Procter LLP and Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP ranked third each with 24 deals. DLA Piper finished fifth on the list, with 21 deals.
- Among PR firms involved in private equity transactions, Kekst and Co., was first with 11 transactions, in seven of which it represented acquirers. Sard Verbinnen & Co. recorded 10 transactions evenly representing sellers and acquirers. Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher and Owen Blicksilver Public Relations, Inc., tied for third each with nine transactions. Rounding up the top five, Brunswick Group LLP was involved in eight transactions.
About The Deal
The Deal is a media and technology company providing over 100,000 users with actionable ideas from its two services - The Deal & BoardEx. Law firms, investment banks, private equity firms and hedge funds use The Deal service to find their next deal and BoardEx to connect the dots between their organizations and clients. The Deal has offices in New York, London, Washington, Petaluma, Calif., and Chennai, India. For more information, visit www.thedeal.com.
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