GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has revealed its global league tables for financial advisers by value and volume for Q1–Q3 2020.

Goldman Sachs tops by both value and volume 

Goldman Sachs has continued to dominate the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) league table of the top 20 financial advisers based on deal value and volume in Q1–Q3 2020. The American investment bank advised on 197 deals worth $405.8bn.

GlobalData has published top 20 league table of financial advisers ranked according to the value of announced M&A deals globally.

Occupying the second spot was Morgan Stanley, which climbed one spot up the ladder from Q1–Q3 2019 with a total deal value of $388.1bn from 161 deals during the period.

In the third place was JP Morgan, which slid one spot down the rankings.

The bank worked on 154 deals worth $275.7bn during Q1–Q3 2020 versus 186 deals worth $699.8bn a year ago.

Bank of America and Credit Suisse took the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

Bank of America worked on 129 deals worth $227.9bn during Q1–Q3 2020, while Credit Suisse worked on 78 deals valued at $176.5bn.

Aurojyoti Bose, financial deals analyst at GlobalData, said: “Goldman Sachs’ involvement in big-ticket deals helped the firm top the list. The firm advised on 64 billion-dollar deals worth greater than or equal to US$1bn, out of which nine were megadeals worth greater than or equal to US$10bn.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic affected deal-making during 2020, Goldman Sachs was also the only adviser that managed to surpass the US$400bn mark as deal value for nine of the top 20 advisers (by value) was even less than US$100bn. In fact, deal value for three of the top 20 advisers by volume failed to cross US$10bn.”

Ranks by volume

Ernst & Young, which led by volume in Q1–Q3 2019, fell one rank down to occupy the second rank by deal volume in Q1–Q3 2020.

According to GlobalData, Ernst & Young advised on 190 deals valued at $40.9bn.

Rothschild & Co occupied the third spot in terms of volume with 170 deals worth $113.2bn, followed by Pwc also with 170 deals worth 25.6bn.

In the fifth place was Morgan Stanley, which worked on 161 deals valued at $388.1bn.

A total of 39,160 deals were announced globally during Q1-Q3 2020, down 11.2% from 44,080 deals in the prior year.

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