While Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP retained the top spot among bond counsel firms, there was considerable shuffling in the ranking for bond, underwriters’ and disclosure counsel firms in the first half of 2012 as new issuance revived.

Nixon Peabody LLP rose to be the fifth-ranked bond counsel firm by par value in the first half of 2012, up from being the 12th ranked bond counsel firm in the first half of 2011. Its market share improved to 3.2% of par value from 2.1%, according to Thomson Reuters data.

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