Baker McKenzie and Bronstein, Zilberberg, Chueiri & Potenza Advogados were the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) legal advisers in South & Central America region in H1 2023, according to GlobalData’s latest league table.

The leading data and analytics company ranks advisers by the value and volume of M&A deals on which they advised.

According to its financial deals database, Baker McKenzie achieved its leading position in terms of value by advising on $2.8bn worth of deals. Bronstein, Zilberberg, Chueiri & Potenza Advogados led in terms of volume by advising on a total of 18 deals.

“Bronstein, Zilberberg, Chueiri & Potenza Advogados was the clear winner in the terms of volume. It was the only adviser with double-digit deal volume in H1 2023,” said GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose. “In fact, it fell short of only two deals from touching 20 deals volume mark. However, Bronstein, Zilberberg, Chueiri & Potenza Advogados lagged in terms of value.

“Meanwhile, Baker McKenzie topped the chart by value despite advising on less number of deals. The involvement in big-ticket deals helped Baker McKenzie top the chart by value. The average size of deals advised by Baker McKenzie in H1 2023 was $472.6m, whereas it stood at $9.7m for Bronstein, Zilberberg, Chueiri & Potenza Advogados.”

Davis Polk & Wardwell came second in terms of value, by advising on $2.5bn worth of deals, followed by Pinheiro Neto Advogados with $917m, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton with $775m, and Pinheiro Guimaraes with $749m.

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Runners-up in terms of volume were Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice with seven deals, FM/Derraik Advogados with seven deals, Baker McKenzie with six deals, and Pinheiro Neto Advogados with six deals.

GlobalData’s league tables are based on the real-time tracking of thousands of company websites, advisory firm websites and other reliable sources available on the secondary domain. A dedicated team of analysts monitors all these sources to gather in-depth details for each deal, including adviser names.

To ensure further robustness to the data, the company also seeks submissions of deals from leading advisers.