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Global loans transaction rankings for 2020 – A&O again leads the way in EMEA and APAC

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27 January 2021

Newly released data from Bloomberg and Refinitiv show that in 2020 Allen & Overy was once again the leading adviser in loans transactions across EMEA, and one of the leading advisers in the APAC and Global markets, with nine number one rankings.

The Bloomberg figures show that A&O acted on almost twice as many EMEA lender and borrower deals, and twice the volume (in EUR) for EMEA lender deals than any other law firm. A&O's Global and EMEA market share also grew significantly, more than any other law firm. The Bloomberg rankings place the firm first across the entire EMEA market (lenders and borrowers) for both deal volume and count. The firm also rank first for APAC (borrowers), highly in Global (lenders and borrowers) by deal volume and count, and for APAC (lenders) by deal volume and count.

Bloomberg rankings are as follows:

  • No.1 EMEA Lender Legal Adviser (volume) 
  • No.1 EMEA Lender Legal Adviser (count)
  • No.1 EMEA Borrower Legal Adviser (volume)
  • No.1 EMEA Borrower Legal Adviser (count)
  • No.1 APAC Borrower Legal Adviser (volume)
  • No.2 Global Lender Legal Adviser (volume)
  • No.2 Global Lender Legal Adviser (count)
  • No.3 Global Borrower Legal Adviser (volume)
  • No.3 Global Borrower Legal Adviser (count)
  • No.3 APAC Lender Legal Adviser (volume)
  • No.3 APAC Lender Legal Adviser (count)

The Refinitiv figures show that A&O acted on more than double the amount of deals, and more than triple the volume of deals (in USD) for EMEA lenders than any other law firm. The Refinitiv rankings place the firm top across the EMEA market (lenders and borrowers) for both deal volume and count. The rankings also place A&O first for APAC (borrowers), and highly in APAC and Global (lenders) by deal volume and count.

Refinitiv rankings are as follows:

  • No.1 EMEA Lender Legal Adviser (volume)
  • No.1 EMEA Lender Legal Adviser (count)
  • No.1 EMEA Borrower Legal Adviser (count)
  • No.1 APAC Borrower Legal Adviser (volume)
  • No.2 APAC Lender Legal Adviser (count)
  • No.2 EMEA Borrower Legal Adviser (volume)
  • No.2 Global Lender Legal Adviser (volume)

These rankings are testament to the strength of our global Corporate Lending practice, and show that once again our dedication to client service and teamwork has ensured we maintain our lead in this crucial market. No law firm is better placed than A&O to provide clear advice with deep insight into current market trends to clients, whether they are lenders or borrowers.

Simon Roberts, Partner and Head of Corporate Lending

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