DWF retains status as the UKs most active MA legal advisor

National legal business DWF has been ranked the UK’s most active legal advisor by deal volume for the third quarter of the year in an independent report by Experian, maintaining its first place position from Experian’s half year results. The firm’s national corporate team acted on a total of 88 transactions this quarter, including advising Wealth at Work on its buyout by Palatine Private Equity and NewRiver Retail Limited on its acquisition of 158 Punch Tavern pubs.

DWF achieved strong results in each of its key regions, ranking in the top ten advisors in the South East, East of England, Midlands, North West, North East, Scotland and Yorkshire and the Humber tables. The firm’s North West and East of England teams were both ranked second place following the completion of 29 and 19 deals respectively, while the firm ranked third place in the South East region with 14 transactions. DWF improved its half year rankings in five regions, most notably in the Midlands where the firm’s Birmingham team increased its position from 18th to 5th most active advisor. The firm also maintained its strong position in the Scottish league table, ranking third place with a total of 15 transactions including advising Capita on its acquisitions of Barrachd Ltd and Pervasive Networks.

Frank Shephard, partner and National Head of Corporate at DWF, commented on the results: “Our corporate practice has gone from strength to strength this year, with continued strategic investments and the appointments of key partners that are allowing us to deliver more deals and higher-value work for our clients across the UK. It’s rewarding to both maintain our position as the UK’s leading advisor whilst also steadily improving our rankings across all regions, and we look forward to building on this momentum as we focus on delivering more high profile deals in key sectors during the last quarter of the year.”

DWF has appointed a number of corporate partners this year, including Alice Broadfield from Faegre Baker Daniels in Birmingham, Christian Francis from DLA Piper, John Benjamin from White & Case, Patrick Eaton from K&L Gates and Richard Britain from Ince & Co in London, and Chris McLauchlan from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Gary MacDonald from Pinsent Masons in Scotland.

Frank Shephard

Partner - National Head of Corporate

I am Head of the National Corporate Team. I deal with all types of public and private company transactions, including M&A, Private Equity and Equity Capital Markets.