October has been—according to IFLR1000's selection of deal announcements—a month full of high value deals across M&A and the capital markets in a range of sectors. The entertainment and media industry enjoyed the largest deal of the year so far, while the energy and transport sectors witnessed landmark transactions. 

AT&T reached an agreement with Time Warner to acquire the US media conglomerate for $85 billion in the largest proposed deal this year, despite President-elect Donald Trump's campaign vows to block the deal; and Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) issued a $3.9 billion (¥416 billion) IPO—Japan’s largest IPO this year and the biggest global rail IPO since 1993.

Compared to previous months, deal values have swelled among the top bracket of firms in the global legal market. The $85 billion media acquisition of Time Warner has a big role to play in that trend as firms such as Sullivan & Cromwell, Weil Gotshal & Manges, and Cravath Swaine & Moore feature prominently on the value table, while stability has been the name of the game in deal volume as Kirkland & Ellis leads the way with 21 deals in October—its fourth month in a row at the top.

Elsewhere Abu Dhabi state-controlled energy company Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is developing UAE's first nuclear power plant, Barakah, in Abu Dhabi with Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO); and China Merchants Securities raised $1.5 billion in a HKSE IPO that continues the long-term trend of PRC securities firms listing in Hong Kong. Also German utility RWE's green energy business, Innogy, has raised €5 billion through its IPO in Frankfurt, making it the biggest debut on the stock exchange since 2000, and the third largest in the country's history; and Avolon Holdings $10 billion acquisition of the aircraft leasing unit of US-based rival CIT Group makes it the third-largest aircraft leasing company in the world.

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

The EMEA launch of IFLR1000 Deal Data—a fully searchable database whose BETA version went live in May—is almost upon us. 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 October 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: Accord Healthcare £603 million acquisition of Actavis Generics


Jurisdictions: India, Ireland, United Kingdom

Deal type: Public acquisition 

Industry sectors: Pharmaceuticals and life sciences 

Deal 2: AT&T $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner


Jurisdictions: United States

Deal type: Public acquisition 

Industry sectors: Technology and telecommunications, Entertainment 

Deal 3: Attijariwafa Bank acquisition of Barclays Bank Egypt


Jurisdictions: Egypt, Morocco

Deal type: Public acquisition

Industry sectors: Banking

Deal 4: Avolon Holdings $10 billion acquisition of CIT Group aircraft leasing unit


Jurisdictions: United States, China, Ireland

Deal type: Public acquisition 

Industry sectors: Aviation 

Deal 5: Barakah nuclear power project


Jurisdictions: United States, South Korea, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates

Deal type: Project development, Project finance 

Industry sectors: Energy

Deal 6: Carlyle $3.2 billion acquisition of Atotech


Jurisdictions: France, United Kingdom

Deal type: Private acquisition 

Industry sectors: Industrials and manufacturing 

Deal 7: China Merchants Securities $1.5 billion HKSE IPO


Jurisdictions: Hong Kong

Deal type: IPO

Industry sectors: Banking, Financial services

Deal 8: Innogy €5 billion FWB IPO


Jurisdictions: Germany, United Kingdom

Deal type: IPO 

Industry sectors: Energy 

Deal 9: Kyushu Railway Company $3.9 Billion TSE IPO


Jurisdictions: Japan

Deal type: IPO

Industry sectors: Transport 

Deal 10: Mapletree S$1.78 billion divestment of Mapletree Business City


Jurisdictions: Singapore

Deal type: Divestment 

Industry sector: Real estate 

Deal 11: Pinfra Mex$12 billion first FIBRA E offer


Jurisdictions: Mexico

Deal type: Asset Backed Securities (ABS) 

Industry sectors: Transport iii

Deal 12: Republic of Peru sovereign note exchange offer


Jurisdictions: Peru

Deal type: Sovereign bond issue, Bond/note exchange offer 

Industry sectors: Government and public policy 

Deal 13: Rosneft-led consortium $12.9 billion acquisition of Essar Group's oil arm 

Jurisdictions: India, United Kingdom, Russia

Deal type: Private acquisition

Industry sectors: Oil and gas



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