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 PR 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.

Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Sard Verbinnen & Co. LLC

Kekst

Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc.

Brunswick Group LLP

Finsbury

Edelman Inc.

Weber Shandwick

Gasthalter & Co. LP

Lambert/Blicksilver PR

Stanton Public Relations & Marketing LLC

FTI Consulting Inc.

Sloane & Co.

Chris Tofalli Public Relations LLC

Greenbrook Communications Ltd.

BackBay Communications Inc.

Newgate Communications Ltd.

Powerscourt Ltd.

Gladstone Place Partners LLC

Longview Communications Inc.

Gagnier Communications LLC

MHP Communications Ltd.

Smithfield Consultants Ltd.

Maitland Consultancy Ltd.

Tavistock Communications