This July—once again—IFLR1000's selection of deal announcements draws our attention to the highly profitable technology industry, with a smattering of deals in the banking sector.

Softbank—the Japanese multinational telecommunications and internet company—acquired UK-based ARM Holdings for £24.3 billion in the hope that the British smartphone chip producer can help it become a leader in what is touted as the next big technology market, the “internet of things”; and Tokyo-based mobile applications developer Line Corp is looking to make a dual-listing on the New York and Tokyo Stock Exchanges, which may be the largest technology deal since Alibaba's landmark 2014 IPO.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer topped the value tables acting in some significant mandates in the Middle East and South Asia, while elite US firm Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz made a strong showing having acted for Verizon in its acquisition of Yahoo! internet properties. Kirkland & Ellis led the table in deal volume with 31 deals in July; however, it is noticeable across the board that there has been a huge drop in the number of deals when compared to this time last year—signs of a depressed global market perhaps.

Elsewhere we saw a number of banking deals with the merger of Abu Dhabi’s two largest banks; lenders investing into Costa Rica for the first time; and a Chinese commercial retail bank planning one of the largest IPOs since Alibaba’s back in 2014. We have also seen consolidation in the struggling shipping industry and privatisation in the similarly besieged mining sector.

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IFLR1000’s Deals Database has made strong progress since the BETA version went live in May. The fully searchable database of significant deal records will go live in October and 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 July 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: AMC Theatres $1.2 billion acquisition of Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group


Jurisdictions: United States, United Kingdom

Deal type: Acquisition finance, Public acquisition 

Industry sectors: Consumer goods and services, Entertainment 

Deal 2: APS Holding €1.3 billion NPL acquisition


Jurisdictions: Romania

Deal type: Non-Performing Loan (NPL) portfolio sale

Industry sectors: Banking   

Eskom $1.34 billion syndicated A/B loan

Deal 3: Eskom $1.34 billion syndicated A/B loan 

Jurisdictions: South Africa

Deal type: Corporate finance

Industry sectors: Energy

Deal 4: Fosun Pharma $1.26 billion acquisition of Gland Pharma 


Jurisdictions: China, India

Deal type: Private acquisition

Industry sectors: Pharmaceuticals and life sciences 

Deal 5: Hapag-Lloyd merger with United Arab Shipping Company


Jurisdictions: Germany, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Deal type: Merger

Industry sectors: Shipping 

Deal 6: Housing Development Finance Corporation Re30 billion 'masala bond' issue


Jurisdictions: India

Deal type: Investment grade bond/note issue 

Industry sectors: Banking, Financial services, Real estate  

Deal 7: Line $1.1 billion TSE/NYSE IPO


Jurisdictions: United States, Japan

Deal type: IPO

Industry sectors: Consumer goods and services, Technology and telecommunications  

Deal 8: National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank merger


Jurisdictions: United Arab Emirates

Deal type: Merger

Industry sectors: Banking 

Deal 9: Nirma $1.4 billion Lafarge India acquisition 

Jurisdictions: India

Deal type: Private acquisition

Industry sectors:  Construction and materials 

Deal 10: Onex/Baring Private Equity Asia $3.55 billion acquisition of Thomson Reuters IP & Science unit

Jurisdictions: Canada, United States, Hong Kong

Deal type: Private acquisition  

Industry sector: Media, Technology and telecommunications  

Deal 11: Oracle $9.3 billion acquisition of NetSuite 


Jurisdictions: United States

Deal type: Public acquisition

Industry sectors: Technology and telecommunications   

Deal 12: Postal Savings Bank of China $10 billion HKSE IPO


Jurisdictions: China, Hong Kong

Deal type: IPO

Industry sectors: Banking 

Deal 13: Russian Federation $812 million privatisation of stake in Alrosa

Jurisdictions: Russia

Deal type: Secondary offering of shares, Privatisation 

Industry sectors: Mining 

Deal 14: Scotiabank de Costa Rica $125 million financing


Jurisdictions: Costa Rica

Deal type: Corporate finance

Industry sectors: Banking 

Deal 15: SoftBank £24.3 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings


Jurisdictions: Japan, United Kingdom

Deal type: Public acquisition

Industry sectors: Technology and telecommunications   

Deal 16: Verizon $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo! internet properties


Jurisdictions: United States

Deal type: Public acquisition 

Industry sectors: Technology and telecommunications 



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

Candy Chan - Journalist Asia-Pacific

Rani Mehta - Journalist Latin America

Kurt Stumpo - Journalist - North America and the Caribbean