Shoosmiths named top M&A legal advisor in the UK

February, 2024 - Milton Keynes, England

The corporate team at law firm Shoosmiths has been named as the most active merger and acquisitions (M&A) law firm in the UK in 2023, according to Experian MarketIQ rankings. 

Shoosmiths’ London corporate team were also named as the most active M&A law firm in London in 2023, and the corporate division also ranked first in the east of England. The impressive placing follows a record-breaking period for the firm’s M&A experts, advising on over £7 billion worth of deals in 2023 alone. Its team has bolstered its market leading credentials and reputation for excellence in the mid-market, advising on upwards of 400 transactions a year across its corporate division. 

Highlights include advising Weetabix Limited on the acquisition of Deeside Cereals, Reliance Brands on a joint venture with Superdry and Jensten Group Limited on various acquisitions. 

Despite Experian noting a decrease in the total number of transactions in the UK last year, down 12%, Shoosmiths remained active within areas of deal making growth – including the technology, energy and financial services sectors. 

Stephen Porter, head of Shoosmiths corporate division, commented “Shoosmiths are the first choice for mid-market international M&A advice, with Experian results confirming we advise on more M&A transactions than any law firm in the UK. I am incredibly proud of our M&A specialists that bring data-driven knowledge, experience and expertise to bear for the benefit of clients across our sectors. Our clients value what we bring: collaborative, solutions-led advice which makes their lives easier - and we look forward to further success for the remainder of 2024.”