Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and White & Case have emerged as the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) legal advisers in the oil and gas sector during Q1 of 2024 in terms of value and volume, respectively, as per the latest legal advisers league table by GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

An analysis of the deals database of GlobalData, the parent of Offshore Technology, indicates that Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz took its top position in terms of value by advising on $44.6bn worth of deals.

White & Case led the volume table by advising on a total of seven deals.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “White & Case registered improvement in deals volume as well as its ranking in this metric in Q1 2024 compared to Q1 2023. Its ranking by volume improved from sixth position in Q1 2023 to the top position in Q1 2024. Apart from leading by volume, White & Case also occupied the fifth position by value during Q1 2024.

“Similarly, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, apart from leading by value, also held the fourth position by volume during Q1 2024. Involvement in the $26bn Diamondback Energy–Endeavor Energy Resources M&A deal played a pivotal role in Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s securing the top position in terms of value.”

Vinson & Elkins took the second spot in terms of value by advising on $37.2bn worth of deals. It was followed by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison with $33.4bn, Latham & Watkins with $25.1bn and White & Case with $23.7bn.

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In terms of volume, Kirkland & Ellis secured second place with seven deals, followed by Latham & Watkins with six deals, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz with five deals and Vinson & Elkins with five deals.

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.