Channel Island law firm Carey Olsen has been ranked as the number one legal advisor in the South West of England for corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) work by the global information services company Experian in its Corpfin report 2010.

According to the recently published report, Carey Olsen advised on the highest volume of corporate finance and M&A transactions in the region of the South West of England inclusive of the Channel Islands and is the only Channel Islands firm to feature in the top ten ranking.

Carey Olsen also appears in the top ten deal value league table for the region where it is placed seventh, with deals totalling £1,826 million. The firm is the highest ranking Channel Island firm to feature in the report, which only covers transactions where deal values are in excess of £500,000 and property deals are above £15 million.

This report recognises that in 2010 the firm provided legal advice on landmark deals for companies, including Asia Ceramics Holdings plc, Better Capital Ltd, BH Credit Catalysts Ltd, Caparo Energy Ltd, GCP Infrastructure Investments Ltd, Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP, Masawara plc, Raven Russia Ltd and West China Cement Ltd among many others.

Corpfin is part of the global, independent and internationally renowned data provider Experian and is recognised as one of the prime providers of European and USA corporate finance and UK company financial information. Experian is based in more than 90 countries worldwide.

Carey Olsen chairman John Kelleher said: “Experian’s research demonstrates that Carey Olsen’s corporate practice is positioned in the same league as those of significant UK and international law firms. We are very pleased with these results which are an endorsement of Carey Olsen’s scale, high service levels and client portfolio. ”