Q1 M&A Off to Hot Start

The M&A market cooled down in January and February after a frenetic finish to 2017 but still saw strong activity levels, especially in private equity and healthcare.

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M&A Law Firms Power Rankings

Deals announced between Jan 2018 and Dec 2018 ranked by number of deals, then by aggregate transaction value in the event of a tie.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Jones Day

Goodwin Procter LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

White & Case LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Hogan Lovells

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Cooley LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Covington & Burling LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

DLA Piper

King & Spalding LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Dechert LLP

Bracewell LLP

Baker Botts LLP

K&L Gates LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Jenner & Block LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Fenwick & West LLP

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Holland & Knight LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Torys LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

Nishimura & Asahi

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Goodmans LLP

Foley & Lardner LLP

Noerr LLP

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Foley Hoag LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Troutman Sanders LLP

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

Bryan Cave LLP

Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP

Robey Warshaw LLP

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV

Loyens & Loeff NV

Van Doorne NV

Kromann Reumert

Slaughter and May Ltd.

Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Stibbe

Togut, Segal & Segal LLP

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal

Tulchinsky Stern Marciano Cohen Levitski & Co.

Thompson Hine LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Thompson & Knight LLP

J. Sagar Associates

Linklaters LLP

Crowell & Moring LLP

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

Cooper Levenson April Niedelman & Wagenheim PA

Nixon Peabody LLP

Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP

Amis, Patel & Brewer LLP

Ice Miller LLP

Featured Dealmakers are the most prominent M&A lawyers based on firm ranking and deal activity. All names displayed in alphabetical order, with priority given to Activated Profiles.

Michael Gordon

Sidley Austin LLP

M&A Partner

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Representing - Kelso & Company

Kevin M. Schmidt is a corporate partner in the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and is co-head of the Private Equity Group. He has worked extensively on acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, including cross-border transactions for both private equity and corporate clients. He is experienced in navigating clients through a variety of complex transaction structures in today’s evolving deal marketplace, including portfolio secondaries, co-invests, SPACs and a wide variety of bespoke investment opportunities.

 

kmschmidt@debevoise.com

Michael Shenberg

White & Case LLP

M&A Partner

Michael Aiello

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Chairman of the Corporate Department

John Amorosi

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Corporate partner

Francis Aquila

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

M&A Partner

Stephen Arcano

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

M&A Partner

Scott Barshay

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Corporate Partner, Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions Practice

Andrew Calder

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Corporate Partner

Creighton Condon

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Senior Partner

Elizabeth Cooper

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Partner

James Dougherty

Jones Day

M&A Chair for the Americas

Howard Ellin

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Corporate Partner

Adam Emmerich

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Corporate Partner

R. Scott Falk

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Partner

Keith Flaum

Hogan Lovells

Corporate Partner

Jeffery Floyd

Vinson & Elkins LLP

M&A Partner, Co-head of Shareholder Activism Practice

David Fox

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Corporate Partner

Stephen Gill

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Partner

Mark Greene

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Head of Corporate Department; Leader of International Practice

Brian Hamilton

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

M&A Partner, Co-Head of Private Equity Group

Edward Herlihy

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Corporate Partner

David Katz

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Corporate Partner

Kenton King

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Partner

Alan Klein

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Corporate Partner

Eric Krautheimer

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Partner

Jamie Leigh

Cooley LLP

Co-Chair of M&A Group

Jonathan Levitsky

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Corporate Partner

Martin Lipton

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Founding Partner, Corporate Partner

Brian Mangino

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Corporate Partner

Phillip Mills

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

M&A Partner

Daniel Neff

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Corporate Partner

Leslie Reese, III

Hogan Lovells

Partner

Alison Ressler

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Partner

Anthony Richmond

Latham & Watkins LLP

Co-chair of Retail & Consumer Products Industry Group

Philip Richter

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions Practice

Jeffrey Rosen

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Chair of Corporate Department

Faiza Saeed

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Corporate Partner

Paul Schnell

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

M&A Partner

Paul Shim

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

M&A partner

Oliver Smith

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Corporate Partner

George Stamas

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Corporate Partner

Eric Swedenburg

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

M&A Partner

Erik Tavzel

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Corporate Partner

Robert Townsend, III

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Head of Mergers and Acquisitions North America

Krishna Veeraraghavan

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Partner

Marc Williams

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Corporate Partner

Richard Witzel, Jr.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

M&A Partner

Daniel Wolf

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

M&A Partner

Damien Zoubek

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Corporate Partner