Morgan Stanley keeps Goldman from top M&A slot
Despite top billing for M&A involving European companies as well as Asia-Pacific and Japanese corporates, Goldman is not top of the league tables for global M&A for the year to date.
Instead it is long-time rival Morgan Stanley leading the pack, capitalising on a sizeable advantage in deals involving U.S. companies. Goldman is in second place in the worldwide ranking and JP Morgan third.
While the usual suspects are top of the tables, the big banks aren’t having it all their own way. Evercore Partners stands in 5th position for advising on deals with a U.S. flavour, behind Morgan Stanley, Goldman, JP Morgan and Citi.
But with five months still to go and M&A mandates scarcer than before, there is bound to be plenty of scrapping for top slot before 2009 is done.