GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has revealed its global league tables for top 10 legal advisers in metals & mining sector by value and volume for Q1-Q3 2021 in its report, ‘Global and Metals & Mining M&A Report Legal Adviser League Tables Q1-Q3 2021’.

According to GlobalData’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) report, a total of 1,116 M&A deals were announced in the sector during Q1-Q3 2021, while deal value for the sector increased by 64.7% from $34bn during Q1-Q3 2020 to $56bn during Q1-Q3 2021.

Top advisers by value and volume

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg and Cassels Brock & Blackwell emerged as the top M&A legal advisers in the metals & mining sector for Q1-Q3 2021 by value and volume, respectively.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg advised on nine deals valued at $12.4bn. This was the highest value among all the advisers.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell led the volume chart, having advised on 14 deals valued at $11.6bn.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: There was tough competition among Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Cassels Brock & Blackwell and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin for the top spot by value, as these firms surpassed the $10bn mark. However, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg occupied the top spot due to its involvement in deals of relatively larger size. The average deal size for Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg stood at $1.4bn, while Cassels Brock & Blackwell stood at $829m.”

 Cassels Brock & Blackwell took the second position in the value chart. It was followed by Fasken Martineau DuMoulin with seven deals worth $11.1bn, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison with five deals valued at $2.9bn and Blake Cassels & Graydon secured fifth spot with 13 deals worth $2.3bn.

Blake Cassels & Graydon also occupied the second position in the volume table. It was followed by Stikeman Elliott with 12 deals worth $1.8bn. Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg secured the fourth position by volume and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin bagged the fifth spot by volume.


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 from leading advisers, through adviser submission forms on GlobalData’s website.