FREEHILLS LAWYERS is expected to be the clear winner in the soon to be announced Thomson Financial mergers and acquisitions league tables, marked in preliminary results this week as the leader, ahead of rivals Allens Arthur Robinson and Blake Dawson Waldron.
In the second quarterly overview of M&A data, preliminary results obtained by Lawyers Weekly reveal Freehills’ success ahead of the official release of the final tables, expected on 3 July this year.
Frequent leaders in the completed tables, Freehills undertook 45 deals worth 51.6 per cent of the market share. In second place, Allens Arthur Robinson completed 29 deals worth 39 per cent of the market share.
The Thomson tables have in the past received some criticism for their methodology and criteria, some firms claiming they were too open. Thomson changed the methodology of the tables in 2004 so that, while in previous years only deals worth more than US$30 ($39.6) million could be included, the tables now allow “any involvement”, a source said. This increased the number of deals that could be included.
The Thomson Financial tables this year excluded equity carveouts, withdrawn deals and open market repurchases.