Gateley reports impressive rankings in the first quarter of 2014

Following strong year-end deal volume results in the 2013 national and regional Experian Corpfin league tables, Gateley has reported impressive rankings in the first quarter (Q1) of 2014.

Experian Corpfin, a UK business database containing extensive sources of verified business intelligence, produces the league tables on a quarterly basis, ranking corporate deal value and deal volume conducted by legal and financial advisers on a national and regional level.

Results in 2013 saw Gateley perform consistently well in each quarter, achieving year-end rankings of second place nationally, first place in the Midlands and second place in the north west. Rankings in Q1 reportedly show the firm’s continued excellence in advising on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and equity capital markets (ECM) transactions, achieving first place in the Midlands, second place in the north west and third place nationally.

Experian Corpfin’s analysis found that 1,087 M&A and ECM transactions were announced in Q1 2014, down from 1,273 in Q1 2013 — a decline of 14.6 per cent. The UK financial services sector accounted for 29.7 per cent of the overall UK deal total in Q1 2014 with 323 deals, a decline of 9.5 per cent on the Q1 2013. The next most active sector was manufacturing (23.6 per cent). The biggest growth sector was research and development, where deal volume rose by 40.7 per cent from 27 deals in Q1 2013 to 38 in Q1 2014.

Gateley has won more than 40 awards since 2010, including 2014 Law Firm of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society awards, Best Regional Law Firm at the Legal Business Awards and 2012 Corporate Law Firm of the Year at the Midlands Insider Dealmakers Awards. Ninety-nine of the firm’s lawyers are ranked as Leading Individuals in the 2014 edition of Chambers.