Kirkland & Ellis emerged as the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) legal adviser during the first three quarters (Q1–Q3) of 2023 in terms of value and volume in the oil and gas sector, according to GlobalData’s latest league table.

GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company and the parent company of Offshore Technology, ranks advisers by the value and volume of M&A deals on which they advised.

As per GlobalData’s Financial Deals Database, Kirkland & Ellis reached the top spot by advising on 40 deals worth $55.5bn.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “Kirkland & Ellis registered an increase in the total number of deals advised by it and the corresponding deal value as well during Q1–Q3 2023 compared with Q1–Q3 2022. Resultantly, its ranking by volume as well as value also improved.”

In second position in terms of value was Vinson & Elkins, which advised on $46.3bn worth of deals, followed by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison with $27.8bn, Latham & Watkins with $26.9bn, and Richards Layton & Finger with $25.9bn.

In terms of volume, Vinson & Elkins took the second position with 32 deals, followed by Latham & Watkins with 19 deals, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher with 18 deals, and White & Case with 15 deals.

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GlobalData’s league tables are based on the real-time tracking of thousands of company websites, advisory company websites and other reliable sources available in 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 of the data, the company also seeks deal submissions from leading advisers.