CVS/Aetna, Disney/Fox Highlight Solid M&A

The days before Christmas can be busy ones for M&A as companies try to wrap deals up, but the end of 2017 was crazed, with at least a dozen U.S. deals of $1 billion or more announced from Dec. 15 to 31 led by the Unilever spreads deal. The flurry suggests the continued appetite for M&A among both corporates and PE shops, which were involved on six of the 10 deals, three as buyers and three as sellers.

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M&A Law Firms Power Rankings

Deals announced between Jan 2017 and Dec 2017 ranked by number of deals, then by aggregate transaction value in the event of a tie.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Jones Day

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

White & Case LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Hogan Lovells

Goodwin Procter LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Cooley LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

DLA Piper

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Dechert LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Covington & Burling LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Linklaters LLP

Baker Botts LLP

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Fenwick & West LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Dentons

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Hunton & Williams LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Torys LLP

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP

Troutman Sanders LLP

Bracewell LLP

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Slaughter and May Ltd.

Goodmans LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Bass, Berry & Sims plc

Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

Holland & Knight LLP

NautaDutilh NV

Polsinelli PC

Graubard Miller

Hengeler Mueller

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Bryan Cave LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Bredin Prat

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV

Stibbe

Ashurst LLP

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP