McCarthy Tetrault was the leading legal adviser globally for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the first quarter of 2020 in the metals and mining sector, according to GlobalData.

The law firm advised on two deals worth $748.4m.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg stood at second position in terms of value with one deal worth $696.3m.

GlobalData has published a top ten league table of financial advisers ranked according to the value of announced M&A deals globally. If the value remains the same for multiple advisers, deal volume is given weightage.

McCarthy Tetrault, which topped the metals and mining deals league table, did not appear in the GlobalData’s global league table of top 20 M&A financial advisers for Q1 2020.

GlobalData financial deals analyst Aurojyoti Bose says: “The metals and mining sector witnessed subdued deal activity during Q1 2020, compared to Q1 2019. While there was a decline in volume, the decline was more pronounced in terms of value with no firms in the top ten list by value achieving the US$1bn mark. In addition, five firms in the top ten list by volume failed to cross the US$100m mark.”

Bennett Jones tops by volume

Bennett Jones was the top M&A legal advisor, in terms of volume, with four deals worth $15.1m in Q1 2020.

McCarthy Tetrault stood at second place with two deals worth $748.4m, followed by Cassels Brock & Blackwell with two deals worth $349.1m.

The metals and mining sector saw a decrease in deal value in Q1 2020 when compared with Q1 2019. The overall deal value declined by 72.77% from $21.9bn in Q1 2019 to $6.0bn in Q1 2020. Deal volume also decreased by 10.98% from 346 to 308.

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.