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Which foreign firms have been busiest in Indian M&A? US firms grab bigger share than Brits in H1 2016

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

Only six firms out of 22 foreign law firms advising on India’s largest deals were headquartered in the UK, compared to 10 firms headquartered in the US.

By volume: Shearman & Sterling, DLA Piper, White & Case and Allen & Overy had the largest number of recorded Indian M&A deals in the first six months of 2016, according to data intelligence provider mergermarket, each with five or four transactions.

By value: Latham & Watkins, Kirkland & Ellis, White & Case, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett each advised on more than $1bn worth of Indian mergers and acquisitions, with Lathams topping the list at $1.7bn.

Singapore-headquartered Allen & Gledhill and US firm Dechert came eighth and ninth respectively by value with two deals worth nearly $1bn.

Herbert Smith Freehills had one reported deal worth $900m, while Allen & Overy recorded four deals worth a total of $673m.

Shearmans saw five deals worth $670m.

Click here to read domestic law firm M&A rankings.

International firms M&A league table based on value

Rank House Value (US$m) Deal Count
1 Latham & Watkins LLP 1,751 3
2 Kirkland & Ellis LLP 1,468 2
3 White & Case LLP 1,458 4
4 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 1,289 3
5 Linklaters 1,280 2
6 Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP 1,100 2
7 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 1,008 1
8 Allen & Gledhill LLP 968 2
9 Dechert LLP 948 2
10 Herbert Smith Freehills 900 1
11 Allen & Overy LLP 673 4
12 Shearman & Sterling LLP 670 5
13 Goodwin Procter LLP 471 1
13 WongPartnership LLP 471 1
15 Slaughter and May 464 3
16 Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP 460 1
17 Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria 451 1
18 Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group 429 2
19 Clifford Chance LLP 306 2
20 DLA Piper 303 5
21 Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr 300 1
22 Calissendorff Swarting 205 2

International firms M&A league table based on volumes

Rank House Value (US$m) Deal Count
1 Shearman & Sterling LLP 670 5
1 DLA Piper 303 5
3 White & Case LLP 1,458 4
3 Allen & Overy LLP 673 4
5 Latham & Watkins LLP 1,751 3
5 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 1,289 3
5 Slaughter and May 464 3
8 Kirkland & Ellis LLP 1,468 2
8 Linklaters 1,280 2
8 Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP 1,100 2
8 Allen & Gledhill LLP 968 2
8 Dechert LLP 948 2
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