McGuireWoods locked in its standing as a leading law firm for M&A and
syndicated lending deals in 2019 by repeating strong performances on the
most closely watched league tables.
For the second year in row, the firm ranked first worldwide for advising
lenders in syndicated loans, according to Refinitiv, with 254 deals, more
than any other firm in the world. The value of those deals — $223.6 billion
— places the firm second in proceeds. It was the second year in a row the
firm topped the tables.
Raj Natarajan, chair of the firm’s Debt Finance Department, the firm’s lawyers are
delivering for clients in a big way. “Many firms talk about the excellence
of their banking and finance practices,” he said. ”But very few have the
numbers — the deal count and deal value — to back it up. The league tables
McGuireWoods also cemented its reputation as a go-to M&A law firm,
top five rankings for U.S. deals and top 10 rankings for global
transactions in year-end league tables published by Refinitiv and Bloomberg. The firm
closed more than 350 M&A and private equity deals in 2019, representing
buyers, sellers, investors and financial advisers. More than one-third of
those transactions were in the healthcare sector, a measure of
McGuireWoods’ longstanding leadership in the rapidly changing industry.
“We consistently rank among the leading M&A law firms because clients
know our global capabilities and in-depth industry knowledge will help them
close their deals successfully,” said
Michael Woodard, chair of the M&A and Corporate Transactions Department.
The firm’s capital markets team also delivered another strong performance,
earning top 10 rankings in Refinitiv and Bloomberg league tables.
Apart from the rankings, McGuireWoods’ transactional practices were
recognized by respected authorities for innovative, industry-focused
initiatives that add value for clients. The American Lawyer named
the firm a finalist for Best Business Team in its
Global Legal Awards for devising a business development strategy that enables its lawyers to
introduce companies and investors to deal opportunities. McGuireWoods
continued to expand its national network of independent sponsors and
capital providers, as more than 800 attended the firm’s third annual
Independent Sponsor Conference in Dallas.
“The league tables validate our standing as a leading law firm for M&A,
private equity, capital markets and syndicated lending transactions,” said
Richard Viola, deputy managing partner of the firm’s corporate practice. “Our
broad-based capabilities and industry-focused approach to client service
set the firm apart and have us poised for greater success in the years