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.
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.