GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has revealed its league tables for top 10 legal advisers by value and volume in power sector for Q1 2021 in its report, ‘Global and Oil & Gas M&A Review and Legal Adviser League tables Q1 2021’.

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 352 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals were announced in the sector during Q1 2021, while deal value for the sector increased by 66.7% from $39bn in Q1 2020 to $65bn in Q1 2021.

Top Advisers by Value and Volume

Latham & Watkins and Vinson & Elkins were the top M&A legal advisers in the oil & gas sector for Q1 2021 by value and volume, respectively. Latham & Watkins advised on six deals worth $14.6bn, which was the highest value among all the advisers. Meanwhile, Vinson & Elkins led in the volume terms having advised on 11 deals worth $12.8bn.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “Latham & Watkins and Vinson & Elkins were among the only five advisors that managed to surpass the US$10bn mark, while Vinson & Elkins was the only firm to advise on more than 10 deals.

“Both these firms also advised on some of the high-value transactions but Vinson & Elkins LLP advised on two billion-dollar deals while Latham & Watkins managed to advise on three billion-dollar deals, which also helped it occupy the top position by value.”

Baker Botts occupied the second position in terms of value with six deals worth $14bn followed by Burnet Duckworth & Palmer with three deals worth $13.2bn. Vinson & Elkins occupied the fourth position by value.

Kirkland & Ellis occupied the second position by volume with eight deals worth $1.4bn. Latham & Watkins occupied the third position by volume followed by Baker Botts.

GlobalData’s league tables are based on the real-time tracking of thousands of company websites, advisory firm websites and other reliable sources available on the secondary domain. A dedicated team of analysts monitors all these sources to gather in-depth details for each deal, including adviser names.

To ensure further robustness to the data, the company also seeks submissions from leading advisers, through adviser submission forms on GlobalData’s website.