Garrigues ranked top Spanish firm for M&A in Europe


(16/08/05) Garrigues is the only Spanish firm to be placed in the Thomson Financial league table of M&A deals with European involvement for the first half of 2005. The firm is placed with 15 deals announced totalling US$32,182.70 million. This value is three times higher than the firm’s total value of announced deals during the same period last year.

Garrigues is also the leading firm for Spanish announced deals, with 14 deals having a combined value of US$26,485.4 representing a market share of 54.6%, and in the top six firms in Spain for completed deals with a 22.4% market share.

The firm is also Mergermarket’s leader in the Iberian market for the second quarter of 2005. The firm leads with 17 deals, more than any other firm in Iberia, totalling €18,091 million – the highest total value of deals of any firm in the region. In the European tables, the firm has leapt from 47th for the same period last year to 16th this year.

“We are extremely pleased to be recognised as one of the leaders in Europe, and certainly the leader in Spain, for M&A advisory work,” said Fernando Vives, head of the Corporate Group. “The league tables for this period reflect our commitment to our clients and our expertise in and understanding of the European M&A market.”

According to Thomson Financial, the firm is also among the top 10 firms for announced Benelux deals; in the top 15 for announced Italian deals; in the top 20 for Italian completed deals; and in the top 20 for both Latin American completed and announced deals. The Latin American leader is Argentinian firm Bruchou Fernández Madero and Mitrani, a member of Affinitas, the Latin-American alliance promoted by Garrigues.

Garrigues is one of the most respected and long-established law firms in Spain. The firm provides a wide range of legal and tax services and is highly regarded for its work in M&A, banking and finance, litigation, domestic and international arbitration, environmental law, new technology, labour law, insurance, capital markets and Spanish and international tax law.


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