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(Be)league(red) tables

March 27, 2009

Preliminary first-quarter data from Thomson Reuters on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and capital markets are out. And unsurprisingly, spring has not sprung in investment banking, with the big exception of a record deluge of corporate bonds.

Fees across investment banking (M&A, loans, and debt and equity capital markets) halved, while fees for completed M&A topped that with a 68 percent fall. Overall announced M&A fell by a third, compared to the same period last year, to $444 billion.

And even that figure is flattered by two huge pharma deals, which bankers doubt will be followed by more of the same, and a flurry of bank bailouts.

Still, some houses will find reasons to be cheerful — Morgan Stanley, for example, which is no. 1 globally and in the United States, up from a dismal 10th a year earlier.

You can see a full round-down of previous quarters (and eventually of this quarter) here.

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