DLA Piper tops deals rankings

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DLA Piper has retained its place at the top of the UK and global league for the number of mergers and acquisitions it has handled.

The firm was placed 10th in the UK in terms of deal value - up from 24th in 2010.

DLA Piper says its Sheffield practice maintained a strong financial performance throughout last year, completing 35 transactions worth in excess of £1 billion in total.

Richard May, head of DLA Piper’s Sheffield office, said: “It continues to be a volatile market but there is undoubtedly still an appetite in the region’s corporate deals market and we’re looking forward to 2012 with some optimism.”