PE Activity Dips Despite Ample Dry Powder

M&A deal count by private equity firms dipped slightly in the first quarter despite ample dry powder. Looking ahead, GPs and lenders remain cautious.

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Private Equity Law Firms Power Rankings

Deals announced between January 2019 and December 2019 ranked by number of deals, then by aggregate transaction value in the event of a tie.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Jones Day

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

DLA Piper

White & Case LLP

Dechert LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Cooley LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Dentons

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Hogan Lovells

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Stikeman Elliott LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

CMS Legal Services EEIG

P+P Pollath Partners

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Covington & Burling LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

McGuire Woods LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Osborne Clarke

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Travers Smith LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

NautaDutilh NV

Richards, Layton & Finger PA

Allen & Overy LLP

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Blank Rome LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Troutman Sanders LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Duane Morris LLP

Thompson & Knight LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Norton Rose LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Slaughter and May Ltd.

Baker Botts LLP

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz

Stibbe

Torys LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Bracewell LLP

Akerman LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Capital Law LLP

Bass, Berry & Sims plc

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cuatrecasas, Goncalves Pereira SLP

Eversheds Sutherland Ltd.

Hengeler Mueller

King & Spalding LLP

Shoosmiths LLP

Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch PartmbB

Lenz & Staehelin

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Foley Hoag LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Gilbert & Tobin

Goldfarb Seligman & Co.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Cains Advocates Ltd.

Macfarlanes LLP