NEW YORK (April 5, 2007) — McDermott Will & Emery ranked among the top 20 M&A legal advisors in several first quarter deal tables, including Bloomberg (Global Legal M&A and Global Financial M&A), Thomson Financial (Worldwide Rankings for M&A/Legal Advisors and Americas Rankings for M&A/Legal Advisors) and Mergermarket (Global M&A, North American M&A, Global Top Deals and North America Top Deals). The legal advisers ranking is based on aggregated deal volume of announced transactions from January 1, 2007 to March 31, 2007.
Among the deals announced, McDermott represented Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated in March with respect to its equity commitment in connection with the proposed $45 billion leveraged buy out acquisition of TXU Corp., the Texas energy company. The transaction represents the largest leveraged buyout in history, and put McDermott among the top 10 legal advisors for global utility deals and private equity deals for the first quarter as well.
These rankings reflect the continued momentum of McDermott's M&A practice which for all 2006 was among the top 20 most active practices in the U.S. according to both Bloomberg and Mergermarket.
McDermott Will & Emery's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group is a globally integrated team of corporate lawyers providing high-end M&A services to a broad range of clients around the world. We represent clients in both friendly and contested public company acquisitions, proxy contests, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures and joint ventures. We have extensive experience in complex cross-border transactions and work closely with members of our tax, antitrust and other key practice groups.