Q2 Flash Report: M&A, PE Plunge as Deal Litigation Booms

M&A and PE transactions plummet in response to the coronavirus pandemic while deal litigation proliferates. U.S. M&A activity plummeted in the second quarter, with the number of deals of $100 million or more announced between April 1 and June 23 declining by 43% from the first quarter and the dollar volume of those transactions dropping by 49% thanks to the […]

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M&A Law Firms Power Rankings

Preliminary Rankings -Deals announced between January 2020 and December 2020 ranked by number of deals, then by aggregate transaction value in the event of a tie.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

White & Case LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

DLA Piper

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Hogan Lovells

Cooley LLP

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Fenwick & West LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Jones Day

Alston & Bird LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Goodwin Procter LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Covington & Burling LLP

Clifford Chance LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

NautaDutilh NV

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

Mayer Brown LLP

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Allen & Overy LLP

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Linklaters LLP

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV

Slaughter and May

King & Spalding LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Morrison & Foerster LLP

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Holland & Knight LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

Hengeler Mueller

Dechert LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Honigman LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Baker Botts LLP

King & Wood Mallesons

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Gilbert & Tobin

Jenner & Block LLP

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Yigal Arnon & Co.

K&L Gates LLP

Bar & Karrer AG

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Milbank LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

Fenimore, Kay, Harrison & Ford LLP

Locke Lord LLP

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Gowling WLG International Ltd.

Lenz & Staehelin

Uria Menendez Abogados SLP

Bosse Law PLLC

Arias, Fabrega & Fabrega

Jackson Walker LLP

Kim & Chang

Yulchon LLC

Esin Attorney Partnership

GKC Partners

P+P Pollath Partners

Lawson Lundell LLP

McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal

Dentons

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Perkins Coie LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Niederer Kraft & Frey Ltd.

H-F & CO.

Vedder Price PC