9 July 2021

Best Friends Group leads European M&A league table by volume

Klaas de VriesLennard Keijzer+ 7 other experts

De Brauw, together with our Best Friends, made it to the top of the European League tables for the first half of 2021 (by value, USD million).

With an unparalleled track record of joint mandates we, alongside our highly regarded Best Friends group, have set the standard in cross-border transactions. In the first half of 2021 alone, we participated in 148 M&A deals with a total transaction value of around USD 164 billion.

The Best Friends network allows us to offer our clients a single, international team of top class lawyers – focused and consistent at all levels – while remaining our client's lead strategic and trusted adviser.

Source: MergerMarket

The Best Friends group, formed in Europe over fifteen years ago, is a network of renowned European law firms, all market leaders in their jurisdictions: Slaughter and May (UK), Bredin Prat (France), BonelliErede (Italy), Hengeler Mueller (Germany) and Uría Menéndez (Spain).

Headquartered in the business centres of Europe, with 40 offices worldwide, in 19 jurisdictions, and with more than 2,500 international lawyers; the Best Friends foster a culture of excellence that makes all the difference for our clients.