Goldman Sachs was the leading financial adviser globally for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2019 across North America, according to GlobalData.

The American investment bank advised on 204 deals worth $748.4bn.

Morgan Stanley stood at the second position with 133 deals worth $593.0bn, while JP Morgan finished at third with 149 deals worth $555.2bn.

GlobalData has published a top ten league table of financial advisers ranked according to the value of announced M&A deals globally. If the value remains the same for multiple advisers, deal volume is given weighting.

Goldman Sachs, which topped the league table of M&A financial advisers, also stood at first position in the global league table of top 20 M&A financial advisers by GlobalData.

Ravi Tokala, Financial Deals Analyst at GlobalData, says: “Despite a spike in North American targeted megadeals (US$10b), the region saw a 7% decrease in total deals value in 2019 over 2018. Almost all top 10 legal and financial advisors participated in these megadeals, which were instrumental in deciding legal and financial advisor league table rankings in North America.”

The total deal value in North America declined by 7.03% from US$1812.9bn in 2018 to US$1685.5bn in 2019. The sector saw 26,323 deals in 2019, an increase of 17.97% from 22,313 deals in 2018.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz led the top ten legal adviser list in terms of deal value. The firm provided legal services to 72 deals worth $591.1bn. Kirkland & Ellis occupied second position with 492 deals worth $450.6bn.

In the global league table of top 20 M&A legal advisers, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz secured number one position.

GlobalData’s league tables are based on the real-time tracking of thousands of company websites, advisory firm websites and other reliable sources available on the secondary domain. A dedicated team of analysts monitors all these sources to gather in-depth details for each deal, including adviser names.

To ensure further data robustness, the company also seeks submissions from leading advisers through adviser submission forms on GlobalData’s website.