Clifford Chance Dusseldorf competition partner Marc Besen and Linklaters U.K. private equity partner Richard Youle have been named as Europe’s most active deal-doers for 2007, according to Mergermarket.

Individual rankings produced for Legal Week show Besen and Youle have both advised on 15 M&A deals over the calendar year, with both acting on deals worth a combined value of slightly less than �5 billion ($7.2 billion).