While many were keen to see the back of 2016, IFLR1000's selection of deal announcements from December presented a different proposition with a good number of deals across M&A, capital markets, and projects across a host of industries. The energy, oil and gas, industrials and manufacturing, and technology sectors were the most active, and there were a series of significant—and some unusual—transactions in vibrant markets.

21st Century Fox made a bid to acquire the 61% stake it doesn't already own in Sky for £18.5 billion, and Chinese technology company Meitu—a maker of apps that edit users’ selfies to enlarge eyes, whiten skin and thin jaws—launched a $710 million HKSE IPO, one of the largest in the Chinese tech sector since Alibaba; also city-state Macau hit the headlines with one of Asia's largest high-yield issuances in 2016 as Studio City—a Hollywood-inspired, cinematically-themed resort—made a $1.2 billion senior secured notes offering.

Deal values were a fair bit lower when compared to last month with White & Case and Allen & Overy leading the field and Eversheds and CMS making notable appearances. However, in the spirit of Christmas shopping, deal volumes were up and Kirkland & Ellis ended the year—as it had enjoyed most of it—on top with 34 deals, its sixth month in pole position.

Elsewhere the National Grid—the UK gas and electricity distribution network—agreed to sell a 61% shareholding in its gas distribution network to a consortium led by Macquarie for £13.8 billion; British multinational oil company BP successfully acquired a majority stake in the offshore exploration blocks of Kosmos Energy in Senegal and Mauritania for $916 million; and GoDaddy reached an agreement to acquire Host Europe Group (HEG) for €1.69 billion from Cinven. Globally, there was also a spate of capital markets work with Bermuda-based retirement services and life insurance holding company Athene Holding undertaking the third largest US IPO in 2016 at $1.08 billion; Pilipinas Shell Petroleum (Pilipinas Shell) launched a $400 million IPO on the Philippine Stock Exchange; and Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico's state oil company, issued $5.5 billion of new notes. 

If you have any public deal announcements you would like us to take into account for our reports please send them to - amajeed@iflr1000.com

It's a New Year and the EMEA launch of IFLR1000 Deal Data—a fully searchable database whose BETA version went live in May last year—has almost arrived. This database of significant deal records from over 120 countries will include searchable and filterable data on the most significant legal transactions from around the globe, and all of our featured monthly deals will be included along with many more garnered from the IFLR1000's own research, press releases and other deal announcements.

Below you can access our top picks for December 2016 linked to their record in the new deals database.

Adam Majeed - Asia-Editor


Mergermarket table 1 - Law firms by global M&A deal value

Mergermarket table 2 - Law firms by global M&A deal volume



Deal 1: 21st Century Fox £18.5 billion acquisition of Sky 


Jurisdictions: United States, United Kingdom

Deal type: Public acquisition

Industry sectors: Media, Entertainment

Deal 2: Amandi Energy 200MW combined cycle dual-fuel power plant


Jurisdictions: Ghana

Deal type: Project development, Project finance

Industry sectors: Energy

Deal 3: Athene Holding NYSE IPO 


Jurisdictions: United States, Bermuda

Deal type: IPO

Industry sectors: Insurance

Deal 4: Blackstone Group €1 billion acquisition of Acetow from Solvay 


Jurisdictions: Belgium

Deal type: Private acquisition

Industry sectors: Industrials and manufacturing

Deal 5: BP $916 million acquisition of a stake in Kosmos Energy's exploration blocks


Jurisdictions: Bermuda, Senegal, United Kingdom, Mauritania

Deal type: Private acquisition

Industry sectors: Oil and gas

Deal 6: Copec acquisition of Fuel and Lubricant Businesses from ExxonMobil


Jurisdictions: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru 

Deal type: Public acquisition

Industry sectors: Oil and gas

Deal 7: EuroChem $800 million pre-export financing 


Jurisdictions: Russia

Deal type: Corporate finance

Industry sectors: Industrials and manufacturing

Deal 8: GoDaddy €1.69 billion acquisition of Host Europe Group


Jurisdictions: Germany

Deal type: Private acquisition

Industry sectors: Technology and telecommunications

Deal 9: Kansai Paint $572 million acquisition of Helios Group


Jurisdictions: Japan, Austria, Slovenia

Deal type: Public acquisition

Industry sectors: Industrials and manufacturing

Deal 10: LGT Group acquires ABN AMRO's Asia and Middle East private banking business


Jurisdictions: Hong Kong, Singapore

Deal type: Private acquisition

Industry sectors: Banking

Deal 11: Meitu $710 million HKSE IPO


Jurisdictions: Hong Kong

Deal type: IPO

Industry sectors: Technology and telecommunications

Deal 12: National Grid £13.8 billion sale of 61% stake in gas distribution network 


Jurisdictions: United Kingdom 

Deal type: Public acquisition 

Industry sector: Energy 

Deal 13: Parker-Hannifin $4.3 billion acquisition of Clarcor 


Jurisdictions: United States

Deal type: Public acquisition

Industry sectors: Industrials and manufacturing 

Deal 14: Pemex $5.5 billion MTN issue


Jurisdictions: Mexico, Luxembourg

Deal type: Investment grade bond/note issue

Industry sectors: Oil and gas

Deal 15: Pilipinas Shell Petroleum $400 million IPO 


Jurisdictions: Philippines

Deal type: IPO

Industry sectors: Energy

Deal 16: Studio City $1.2 billion senior secured notes high-yield issue


Jurisdictions: Macau

Deal type: High-yield bond/note issue 

Industry sectors: Gaming, Entertainment



Sam Duke - Editor

Adam Majeed - Asia-Pacific Editor

Ben Naylor - EMEA Editor

John Crabb - Journalist EMEA

Jon Moore - Journalist EMEA

Wai Yee Tsang - Journalist Asia-Pacific

Rani Mehta - Journalist Latin America

Kurt Stumpo - Journalist - North America and the Caribbean