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Shoosmiths secures top spot as UK's leading M&A legal advisor

Shoosmiths secures top spot as UK's leading M&A legal advisor


Shoosmiths dominates Experian's M&A rankings, advising on £7 billion worth of deals, affirming mid-market excellence

Shoosmiths, a prominent law firm, has emerged as the foremost player in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) landscape in the UK for the year 2023, as per the Experian MarketIQ rankings. The recognition extends to Shoosmiths' London corporate team, which clinched the title of the most active M&A law firm in London for 2023. The firm's corporate division also secured the top spot in the east of England.

This accolade follows a period of unprecedented success for Shoosmiths' M&A experts, who navigated deals totalling an impressive £7 billion in 2023 alone. The firm's corporate division has solidified its position as a market leader in the mid-market segment, consistently advising on over 400 transactions annually.

Some noteworthy highlights include Shoosmiths' involvement in advising Weetabix Limited on the acquisition of Deeside Cereals, guiding Reliance Brands through a joint venture with Superdry, and assisting Jensten Group Limited in various acquisitions.

Despite a 12% decrease in the total number of transactions reported by Experian in the UK for the preceding year, Shoosmiths demonstrated resilience and activity in areas experiencing deal-making growth, particularly in the technology, energy, and financial services sectors.

Stephen Porter, the head of Shoosmiths corporate division, expressed his pride, stating, "Shoosmiths are the first choice for mid-market international M&A advice, with Experian results confirming we advise on more M&A transactions than any law firm in the UK." Porter highlighted the firm's commitment to providing collaborative, solutions-led advice that simplifies clients' lives. He anticipates further success for Shoosmiths throughout the remainder of 2024, underscoring the firm's dedication to maintaining its position as a trusted advisor in the dynamic M&A landscape.