KWM ranked as a leading international firm in M&A

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KWM has been ranked 1st across a number of categories in the Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket M&A league tables for H1 2017, cementing its status as a premier M&A firm globally.

The firm came out on top in the Thomson Reuters results for the Asia market, ranking 1st for deal value in completed deals in Asia (ex-Japan). Across Asia Pacific it was named 1st in deal count in announced deals, representing a 10.8% increase in market share from 2016.

Mergermarket also named KWM a leader in Asia Pacific, with the firm ranking first for both volume and value of deals for H1 2017, with 53 announced deals valued at over US$29M. This is the second consecutive year KWM has lead Mergermarket's H1 M&A results, demonstrating the firm's unrivalled expertise in the Asia-Pacific market.

KWM also performed strongly in completed deals in Australia & New Zealand, ranking first in this category for Thomson Reuters with a 22.9% increase in market share from 2016.

As further evidence of the firm's preeminence in the region, KWM was the only Australian/Asian firm to feature in the worldwide completed deal tables - ranking 18th in deal value.

KWM acted on the market's most significant M&A deals in H1 2017, including advising Yancoal shareholder Yangzhou, and its parent Yankuang, on the A$3.1b acquisition of Coal & Allied from Rio Tinto and acting for Humanwell and Citic Capital on their US$600m acquisition of Ansell's sexual wellness business.

The firm also ranked for Thomson Reuters:

  • 3rd for deal count in completed deals in Australia & New Zealand

  • 3rd for deal value in announced deals in Australia & New Zealand

  • 2nd for deal count in announced deals in Australia & New Zealand

  • 5th for deal count in completed deals in Asia

  • 8th for deal value in announced deals in Asia

  • 3rd for deal count in announced deals in Asia

  • 9th for deal value in announced deals in Asia Pacific

The firm also ranked for Mergermarket:

  • 2nd on deal value (US$15bn) in Australasia

  • 2nd on deal count (25 deals) in Australasia

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