Joele Frank and FGS Global are at the top of the heap in Mergermarket’s global rankings of PR advisors for 1H 2023.

Joele Frank took the top spot as regards deal value ($255.3 billion), with FGS Global in the #2 spot ($175.3 billion). When it comes to deal count, FGS Global was the leader (116), and Joele Frank was in second place (103).

The top five in deal value was rounded out by Brunswick Group ($66.4 billion), H/Advisors Abernathy ($63. 9 billion) and Kekst CNC ($59.9 billion). For deal count, Kekst CNC was at #3 (102), Prosek Partners at #4 (83) and Greenbrook Commnications at #5 (67).


In the US, Joele Frank was in first place in both categories, with 100 deals, accounting for $220.8 billion in deal value. FGS took the #2 spot in both deal count (83) and value ($154.8 billion).

The top EMEA PR advisor for deal count was Greenbrook Communications (66), followed by FGS Global (54) and Kekst CNC (52). FGS was #1 for EMEA in deal value ($74.2 billion), with Joele Frank (18) and Teneo (21) taking the next two spots.

Joele Frank led the pack for deal value in the Asia Pacific (excl. Japan) region, with $22.1 billion; and Citadel Magnus was in first place for deal count (23).

The data is based on Mergermarket’s M&A deals database, using transactions over five percent or USD $50 million. The cutoff date was June 30.