HWL Ebsworth advises on the second highest number of completed M&A deals in Australia

31 January 2017

The latest Thomson Reuters league tables have confirmed that HWL Ebsworth continues to increase market share, with results showing the firm advised on the 2nd highest number of completed M&A deals in the Australian market during 2016. In addition to the completed deal tables, HWL Ebsworth also advised on the 3rd highest number of announced deals for the year, an impressive feat, having improved this ranking from the position of 15th in 2015 and 25th in 2014. In the mid-market tables, which reflects all M&A deals under US$500 million, HWL Ebsworth’s moved from 14th by number of announced M&A deals, to the 2nd highest number of deals in Australia.

Jamie Restas, HWL Ebsworth’s National Head of the Commercial Group, commented that:

“The volume of M&A transactions in the market in terms of our deal flow was definitely up this year from last, which is pleasing given the strategy of the corporate group was to continue to grow market share.”

Jamie continued with regard to the firm:

“As the only fully integrated firm with offices in each State and Territory, and in the context of our business model offering the best quality legal services at great value, clients are increasingly turning to us for their corporate work. These numbers simply reflect what we have been experiencing, a constant, high volume of deal flow, across all offices. This increased activity is great to see and we look forward to more of it this year – the pipeline is looking strong at this early stage.”

These results follow a solid year of M&A activity including an array of high profile deals such as Eureka Funds Management’s acquisition by AXA Investment Managers and Val Morgan’s acquisition of Active Media Group.

Note to Editors:

HWL Ebsworth is the largest legal partnership in Australia according to the most recent partnership surveys published by The Australian and the Australian Financial Review and is the only commercial law firm with an office in every Australian State and Territory.

The firm comprises 1,031 staff including: 208 Partners, 502 other legal staff and 321 support staff across offices in ten locations – Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Norwest (North West Sydney), Perth and Sydney.

HWL Ebsworth is an independent, nationally integrated, full service commercial law firm, providing tailored and commercially oriented legal services.

HWL Ebsworth operates a different business model to the other leading national law practices, and this allows us to offer unrivalled value for money without compromising quality and service. Our low ratio of solicitors to partners ensures that our clients receive optimal access to partner resources for all matters.

For further information, please contact:

Russell Mailler, National Marketing Manager (03) 8644 3569 or rmailler@hwle.com.au

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