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The complete domestic M&A league tables for 2016 H1: Cam, AZB double to top • Indus, Platinum, Veritas outperform

This year's looking pretty strong for M&A so far
This year's looking pretty strong for M&A so far

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has topped the list of 13 domestic law firms’ M&A mandates by value of deals done with $6.2bn worth of transactions, followed by AZB & Partners and Vaish Associates, with stronger performances across the board than at the same time last year.

AZB topped the list of deals by value, with 25 transactions worth $4.5bn, followed by Khaitan & Co with 24 deals worth $1.8bn and Cyril Amarchand on 17 deals.

Cyril Amarchand doubled its deal values as against last quarter from $3.2bn and seven deals, as did AZB, growing from $2bn to $4.5bn.

Vaish Associates got to $2bn from only two reported deals.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas had 16 deals worth $1.9bn in the first six months of this calendar year, placing it fourth amongst domestic firms by both value and volume. The firm quadrupled the recorded mergermarket deals from $480m in quarter one.

J Sagar Associates (JSA) came fifth by values (with 11 deals worth $1.2bn).

Several smaller to mid-size firms performed strongly in these half-year rankings.

IndusLaw, for instance, doubled its deal tally versus quarter 1 of the mergermarket rankings, with 4 deals worth $1.1bn this half-year (compared to 2 deals worth $900m in quarter 1, and no presence on the mergermarket deal table last year).

Trilegal too saw a big jump, from $388m in five deals in quarter 1 to more than $1bn by the half-year now, over 12 deals.

Platinum Partners was at almost the same deal value as Trilegal but from only four deals – at the same time in 2015 it was not represented on the deals league tables.

Nishith Desai Associates (NDA), also with four deals, found itself in 10th place by value with $774m.

NDA was closely followed by youngsters Veritas Legal, started by AZB alumnus Abhijit Joshi and last month with 30 fee-earners, which had 12 deals worth $614m (up from $85m over four deals in quarter 1).

K Law and Wadia Ghandy both had around $400m of deals, with volumes of four and three deals respectively.

Smaller deal sizes

Three firms that made it into the top 10 by volume but were not within the top 35 domestic and international law firms by value were: Bathiya Legal (9 deals worth a total of $8m), BMR Legal (5 deals worth $95m) and PDS Legal (5 deals worth $77m).

Desai & Diwanji, Phoenix Legal, Tatva Legal, S&R Associates and Economic Laws Practice (ELP) all had recorded four or fewer deals each, with values between $100m and $200m.

DSK Legal recorded three deals worth a total of $5m, according to mergermarket.

Luthra & Luthra did not make any appearance in either of the domestic league tables so far this year.

Foreign law firm M&A rankings to be published separately.

Domestic firms M&A league table based on value

Rank House Value (US$m) Deal Count
1 Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 6,228 17
2 AZB & Partners 4,486 25
3 Vaish Associates 2,460 2
4 Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co 1,920 16
5 Khaitan & Co 1,832 24
6 J Sagar Associates 1,217 11
7 IndusLaw 1,108 4
8 Trilegal 1,028 12
9 Platinum Partners 1,018 4
10 Nishith Desai Associates 774 4
11 Veritas Legal 614 12
12 Krishnamurthy & Co 437 4
13 Wadia Ghandy & Co 420 3

Domestic firms M&A league table based on volumes

Rank House Value (US$m) Deal Count
1 AZB & Partners 4,486 25
2 Khaitan & Co 1,832 24
3 Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 6,228 17
4 Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co 1,920 16
5 Trilegal 1,028 12
5 Veritas Legal 614 12
7 J Sagar Associates 1,217 11
8 Bathiya Legal 8 9
9 BMR Legal 95 5
9 PDS Legal 77 5
11 IndusLaw 1,108 4
11 Platinum Partners 1,018 4
11 Nishith Desai Associates 774 4
11 Krishnamurthy & Co 437 4
11 Desai & Diwanji 124 4
11 Phoenix Legal 110 4
11 Clove Legal 10 4
18 Wadia Ghandy & Co 420 3
18 Tatva Legal 193 3
18 S&R Associates 139 3
18 Economic Laws Practice (ELP) 117 3
18 DSK Legal 5 3
23 Vaish Associates 2,460 2

Source mergermarket

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