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A&O leads the way in EMEA and APAC for 2021 syndicated loans transactions

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01 February 2022

During a year that saw global syndicated lending up 51% from 2020 to an all-time high of USD5.5 trillion, data from Bloomberg and Refinitiv once again highlights Allen & Overy’s leading position in several categories in EMEA and APAC.

Bloomberg’s Global Syndicated Loans Legal Review 2021 figures place A&O top across the EMEA market (lenders and borrowers) for deal proceeds and total number of deals, with the total value of deals more than double our nearest competitor for lender-side transactions. The rankings also place A&O first for APAC (lenders) by deal proceeds and count.

Bloomberg rankings are as follows:

  • No.1 EMEA Lender Legal Adviser (deal proceeds)
  • No.1 EMEA Lender Legal Adviser (deal count)
  • No.1 EMEA Borrower Legal Adviser (deal proceeds)
  • No.1 EMEA Borrower Legal Adviser (deal count)
  • No.1 APAC Lender Legal Adviser (deal proceeds)
  • No.1 APAC Lender Legal Adviser (deal count)

The Refinitiv rankings place A&O top across the EMEA market (lenders and borrowers) for deal proceeds with the figures showing that for EMEA lenders, the total value of deals on which A&O advised was more than double that of its nearest competitor. The rankings also place A&O first for APAC (lenders) by deal proceeds and count.

Refinitiv rankings are as follows:

  • No.1 EMEA Lender Legal Adviser (deal proceeds)
  • No.1 EMEA Lender Legal Adviser (deal count)
  • No.1 EMEA Borrower Legal Adviser (deal proceeds)
  • No.2 EMEA Borrower Legal Adviser (deal count)
  • No.1 APAC Lender Legal Adviser (deal proceeds)
  • No.1 APAC Lender Legal Adviser (deal count)
  • No.3 APAC Borrower Legal Adviser (deal count)

This result reflects another active year for the Global Loans and Structured Debt Solutions team at A&O. Partner Jane Glancy commented: “We’re grateful to our clients for instructing us on a wide range of transactions in 2021, the strongest annual period for lending since records began. With our experience advising both borrowers and lenders, which gives us a deep insight into global market trends, we look forward to delivering continued excellent client service in 2022 and beyond.”

Partner Simon Roberts added: “It’s fantastic to receive market recognition of our leading global lending practice and we are proud to say that we’ve been ranked as EMEA’s number one legal adviser for borrowers and lenders for ten consecutive years. Our dedication and teamwork ensured we continued to deliver for our clients and advised on some of last year’s largest and most exciting global transactions.”