Haynes and Boone Ranks High in International M&A League Tables


Involvement in a pair of high profile international mergers has pushed Haynes and Boone, LLP into the top ten in two respected league tables ranking worldwide deals handled by law firms during the first half of 2013.

The firm was ranked No. 8 by the Thomson Reuters Global M&A Legal Review in the category “Any Spanish Involvement” for its representation of Mexico's Afore XXI in its bid and agreement to acquire Afore Bancomer from Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) for about $1.7 billion.

In the category “India Announced Deals,” Bloomberg’s M&A Legal Advisory League Tables ranked Haynes and Boone No. 10 for serving as U.S. counsel to Strides Arcolab Ltd. in its $1.6 billion sale of Agila Specialties Private Ltd., a generic drug maker of injectable medicines, to Mylan Inc.

Bloomberg, Mergermarket, and Thomson Reuters all rank law firms based on the total value of their corporate clients' M&A transactions during the first half of 2013. The three outlets rely on different metrics when ranking legal advisers, making the lists most useful as tools that offer a broad look at which law firms are most actively involved in the M&A market.

Haynes and Boone is among the largest and most active United States law firms operating in Mexico, with a growing list of international clients.

In the Spanish merger, the Haynes and Boone team was led by Mexico City Partner Jorge Labastida, New York Partner George Wang, Mexico City Associates Mauricio Sanders, Gerardo Carrillo, César Ramirez and Ana Santiago, and New York Associate Ariel Zell.

For the India deal, the Haynes and Boone deal team was led by New York-based Partner Lou Solomon, Washington, D.C. Partner Jeff Wolfson, Dallas partners Vicki Martin-Odette and Eric Williams, and New York Associate Alex Grishman. Of Counsel Evert Tu and Associate Chris Perez also assisted in the transaction.

The three outlets issuing the latest worldwide league tables each identified similar struggles in the global M&A market. Bloomberg reports that global deal volume in the second quarter was up by three percent over last quarter, but down 10 percent from the same period last year. Mergermarket, meanwhile, said the total value of global M&A deals in the first half of 2013, $899.1 billion, was the lowest since the $888.4 billion in deals announced during the first half of 2010.

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