It has been a lively November according to IFLR1000's selection of deal announcements, with deals across M&A, private equity and capital markets in a diverse range of sectors. The real estate, banking, and energy industries were the most active, and there were a number of landmark transactions in some of the less obvious markets. 

French energy company EDF had a particularly busy month with multi-tranche bond issues at an aggregated value of $5.86 billion, and the acquisition of 51% of the reactor business of nuclear and renewable energy company Areva NP; and there was a rare multibillion-dollar inbound private equity deal in Japan where KKR bought a 41% stake in Calsonic Kansei from Nissan Motor for $4.5 billion.

Compared to this time last year, however, deal values have been a little bit lower with Latham & Watkins and White & Case leading the field and Vinson & Elkins, Potter Anderson & Corroon, and Richards Layton & Finger making notable appearances. Yet again, Kirkland & Ellis has seemingly entrenched itself in the top berth with 23 deals in November—its fifth month in a row at the top.

Elsewhere we have seen a number of landmark transactions in Central and Eastern Europe. Mid Europa Partners acquired Profi Rom Food for €533 million from Polish Enterprise Fund VI (PEF VI), which was the largest private equity acquisition in Romanian history; Energo-Pro Varna undertook a €130 million bond issue that was the largest bond issue in Bulgarian history; and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC acquired property company P3 Logistic Parks from TGP Real Estate and Ivanhoé Cambridge for €2.4 billion, which was the largest real estate acquisition ever in Czech Republic. Also the National Bank of Canada (NBC) became the first North American financial institution to issue a panda bond with its Rmb3.5 billion ($518 million) offering; and Ctrip, China's biggest international travel site, acquired Skyscanner for £1.4 billion.

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As the year draws to a close, the EMEA launch of IFLR1000 Deal Data—a fully searchable database whose BETA version went live in May—has almost arrived. This database of significant deal records from over 120 countries will launch this November 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 November 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: Abbott Laboratories $15.1 billion notes issue


Jurisdictions: United States

Deal type: Investment grade bond/note issue 

Industry sectors: Pharmaceuticals and life sciences 

Deal 2: Alliar R$674.2 Million Bovespa IPO


Jurisdictions: Brazil

Deal type: IPO 

Industry sectors: Healthcare, Technology and telecommunications 

Deal 3: Blackstone €3.3 billion acquisition of OfficeFirst


Jurisdictions: Germany

Deal type: Private acquisition 

Industry sectors: Real Estate

Deal 4: CTrip £1.4 billion acquisition of Skyscanner


Jurisdictions: China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom

Deal type: Public acquisition 

Industry sectors: Consumer goods and services; Transport 

Deal 5: EDF acquisition of Areva NP


Jurisdictions: France

Deal type: Public acquisition 

Industry sectors: Energy

Deal 6: EDF $5.86 billion multi-tranche bond issues


Jurisdictions: France

Deal type: Investment grade bond/note issue 

Industry sectors: Energy

Deal 7: Energo-Pro Varna €130 million 3.5% bond issue


Jurisdictions: Bulgaria

Deal type: Investment grade bond/note issue 

Industry sectors: Energy

Deal 8: GIC €2.4 billion acquisition of P3 Logistic Parks from TPG Real Estate and Ivanhoé Cambridge


Jurisdictions: Italy, Czech Republic

Deal type: Private acquisition 

Industry sectors: Real Estate

Deal 9: Iluka Resources £215 million acquisition of Sierra Rutile

Jurisdictions: Australia, United Kingdom, Sierra Leone

Deal type: Public acquisition

Industry sectors: Mining

Deal 10: KKR $4.5 billion acquisition of Calsonic Kansei


Jurisdictions: Japan

Deal type: Private acquisition 

Industry sector: Automotive

Deal 11: Mid Europa Partners €533 million acquisition of Profi Rom Food


Jurisdictions: Romania

Deal type: Private acquisition 

Industry sectors: Consumer goods and services, Food and beverage 

Deal 12: National Bank of Canada $518 million panda bond issue


Jurisdictions: China

Deal type: Investment grade bond/note issue 

Industry sectors: Banking

Deal 13: Nueva Era Pipeline


Jurisdictions: Mexico

Deal type: Project development, Project finance 

Industry sectors: Oil and Gas

Deal 14: PNB Housing Finance $450 million Bombay Stock Exchange IPO


Jurisdictions: India

Deal type: IPO

Industry sectors: Real Estate

Deal 15: Samsung Electronics $8 billion acquisition of Harman International Industries


Jurisdictions: United States, South Korea

Deal type: Public acquisition 

Industry sectors: Technology and telecommunications 

Deal 16: Santander buys back 50% stake in asset management business


Jurisdictions: Spain, United Kingdom

Deal type: Private acquisition 

Industry sectors: Banking, Investment management 



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