GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has revealed its league tables for the top ten legal advisers by value and volume in the construction sector for Q1-Q3 2022.

A total of 3,203 merger and acquisition (M&A) deals worth $310.2bn were announced in the sector during the period.

Top advisers by value and volume

According to GlobalData’s ‘Global and Construction M&A Report Legal Adviser League Tables Q1-Q3 2022’, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Kirkland & Ellis emerged as the top M&A legal advisers in the sector during the period by deal value and volume, respectively.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advised on $74bn worth of deals while Kirkland & Ellis advised on a total of 27 deals.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Kirkland & Ellis emerged as clear winners, outpacing their peers by a significant margin. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett was the only firm to surpass $70bn in total deal value while Kirkland & Ellis was the only firm to advise on more than 20 deals during Q1-Q3 2022.

“Moreover, Kirkland & Ellis managed to advise on eight billion-dollar deals, one of which was a ‘mega deal’ valued more than $10bn. Due to its involvement in these big-ticket deals, Kirkland & Ellis was able to occupy the eighth position by value, as well as its leading position by deal volume. Similarly, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett occupied the tenth position by volume, alongside its leading position by deal value.”

As per GlobalData’s financial deals database, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson took second place by value with $45.8bn worth of deals, followed by Alston & Bird with $43.9bn. Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici and Legance – Avvocati Associati jointly secured the fourth position, with each advising on deals valued at $39.5bn.

In terms of volume, CMS got the second spot with 19 deals, followed by Baker McKenzie with 18 deals, Latham & Watkins with 14 deals, and AZB & Partners with 12 deals.

GlobalData’s league tables are based on the real-time tracking of thousands of company websites, advisory firm websites, and other reliable sources available on the secondary domain. A dedicated team of analysts monitors all these sources to gather in-depth details for each deal, including adviser names.

To ensure further robustness to the data, the company also seeks submissions from leading  advisers, through adviser submission forms on GlobalData’s website.