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Investment Banks Enjoy Strong Markets in IPOs, Mergers and Acquisitions, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The year 2015 saw global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity surge past $5 trillion for the first time ever, reaching $5.03 trillion (up from $3.67 trillion in 2014) according to Dealogic.  Volume was driven by 69 significant M&A deals of more than $10 billion Major M&A activity on this scale fuels a boom for advisers such as investment banks and law firms.  Dealogic reported that Goldman Sachs led global M&A advisor ranking in 2015 with $1.80 trillion, followed by Morgan Stanley with $1.53 trillion and JPMorgan with $1.50 trillion.

Thomson Reuters reported that in 2015, Hong Kong joined the top rank with New York among the world’s largest IPO markets, by the amount of funds raised, reaching $25 billion as of late December.  Major Hong Kong IPOs in 2015 included Guotai Junan Securities Co. Ltd.’s $4.8 billion deal and $2.5 billion raised by China Huarong Asset Management Co. Ltd.  New York saw IPO proceeds drop by 65% in 2015 after surging to $71.7 billion in 2014.  These offerings are of immense importance to investment banks as these banks earn extremely lucrative fees from them.  Investment banks in Asia raked in approximately $5.74 billion in fees from equity capital market deals in 2015, of which 36% came from IPOs. 

2016 was likely be a different story, based on a 22% drop in global M&A volume for the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2015, reaching $2.55 trillion, according to Dealogic.  U.S. volume for the period fell 38% to $771.3 billion.  Top negotiations included Bayer’s $66.3 billion takeover of Monsanto and the $46.7 billion proposed acquisition of Syngenta by China National Chemical Corp. (the largest cross-border transaction by a Chinese company to date).



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