Baker McKenzie caps off a stellar first quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters League tables for mergers and acquisitions.

According to Thomson Reuters, Baker McKenzie was number one for deal value in the first quarter of this year, well ahead of the pack. The Firm came second in number of deals counted for the quarter.

Steven Glanz, Baker McKenzie head of M&A in Australia stated: To have last year been number one for equity capital market activity in Australia (Full Year 2016, Jan 1 to Dec 31), it is enormously satisfying to now achieve market leadership in acting on some of the largest M&A transactions in the market by value.

When asked what kept the firm so busy, Steven commented: “We were very fortunate to be mandated by clients on transactions critical to their strategies. It was very pleasing to be involved in the Home Investment Consortium’s proposed acquisition of the Masters Hardware business from a Woolworths/Lowes joint venture, advising Afterpay Holdings on its AUD$600 million merger with Touchcorp Limited and perhaps the biggest deal in the market, advising Chow Tai Fook on the purchase of Alinta Energy.”

Steven said:

I see a healthy pipeline of deals coming  through which should result in a relatively strong 2017.

As the world's largest M&A practice, Baker McKenzie's 1,300 lawyers execute more cross-border transactions than any other law firm globally.

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