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(Be)league(red) tables

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.

Drugs cure Morgan Stanley’s league table woes

ZetiaMorgan Stanley is bouncing back up in the global league tables for mergers advisory work after taking a hit to its rankings last year.

The investment bank has taken the No. 1 spot based on deal volume globally so far this year, according to latest Thomson Reuters data.

Morgan Stanley was one of the advisors, besides JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, in the latest blockbuster pharma deal – the $41 billion offer for Schering-Plough by Merck. That came on top of its role as the advisor — along with Evercore — to Wyeth in the drug company’s $68 billion takeover by rival Pfizer.