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Mergermarket’s first-quarter league tables came out last week, revealing three new entries into the top 10 compared with Q1 2020. White & Case climbed to the top of the deal value rankings after being listed at No. 14 in 2020. Kirkland & Ellis came in at No. 2 after finishing at No. 6 in 2020 and Cravath, Swaine & Moore jumped to No. 4 from No. 10.

The top five for deal value were the aforementioned White & Case ($172 billion), Kirkland ($159 billion), Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom ($156 billion), Cravath ($152 billion) and Latham & Watkins ($134 billion). Skadden and Latham were the only two firms to appear in the top five in both 2020 and 2021. 

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Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith, based in New York, covers the business of law, including the ways law firms compete for clients and talent, cannabis law and marketing innovation. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @nycpatrickd

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