A host of US and Irish firms have won top mandates in what is believed to be the biggest pharmaceuticals deal in history, between Pfizer and Allergan.
Over a dozen firms won roles last week on what is being billed as the largest UK M&A transaction between brewing giants Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) of SABMiller.
There was a surge in billion-dollar M&A deals last week, with both Shire and Activision Blizzard making $5.9bn (£3.8bn) purchases.
The Treasury considered retendering for a new principal legal adviser on the sale of its stake in Eurostar midway through the transaction over concerns that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s £2.8m bill was too high, it has emerged.
The summer saw a surge in the number of M&A transactions involving gambling companies, with deals proposed involved Betfair, Paddy Power, bwin and GVC.
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So how will deals work in the future?
A raft of national firms including Addleshaw Goddard, DWF and Pinsent Masons are both understood to have won roles on Capita’s commercial panel review, which concluded this month.
Cross-border teams from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the €1.7bn (£1.2bn) tie-up between banking technology companies Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold in Germany and the US.
Pfizer’s $160bn merger with Allergan may well be the largest healthcare transaction in history, but at least the in-house team didn’t have to contend with a merger, injunction attempt, simultaneous de-listing and new listing all in one year.
Insurance mergers, chunky financings and several capital markets deals characterised offshore corporate work in the last quarter.
Slaughter and May is the law firm with the closest relationship with the FTSE250, advising 44 constituent companies, research gathered from new relationship management tool The Lawyer Market Intelligence has shown.
Privatised healthcare and the push for energy diversity are likely to be big generators of legal work as Finland slowly recovers after the global crash.