September 12, 2016 - 11:56am

The good folks at Deal Point Data compiled a ranking of law schools that have produced the most prolific attorneys in the highly competitive and lucrative field of U.S. public M&A advisory. Harvard Law ranked number one. Attorneys that received their law degrees from Harvard Law School led the market in terms of both the number of deals and the dollar value of deals they have worked on. The ranking is based on transactions announced from January 1, 2008 to July 30, 2016 for publicly traded targets involving U.S. listed firms. To be included in the ranking, each attorney must have been a partner who was disclosed in the merger agreement.
Harvard’s top ranking was fueled by a who’s who of respected deal attorneys including George Bason of Davis Polk  & Wardwell, Faiza J. Saeed of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Peter Allan Atkins of Skadden, Arps. New York University School of Law placed second in the ranking propelled by distinguished graduates that include David A. Katz  of Wachtell Lipton, Benet J. O'Reilly of Cleary Gottlieb and David Feirstein of Kirkland & Ellis. Columbia Law School rounded out the top three law schools with notable alums such as Scott A. Barshay of Cravath, Philip Richter of Fried, Frank and Daniel A. Neff of Wachtell.
What I really want to know is who got paid at Deal Point to figure that out, and what they actually did with their time.  Really? You want to pay me to tell you which law school produces the best M&A attorneys? OK! And just because all my emails come back out of office and all my calls to the office are coming from the beach all summer long does not mean I am not working real hard on that boss.  I will have the answer for you.....right after Labor Day.