GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has revealed its league tables for top 10 financial advisers by value and volume in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) for in its report,  ‘Global and Middle East & Africa M&A Report Financial Adviser League Tables Q1-Q3 2020’.

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 677 M&A deals were announced in the region in Q1-Q3 2020.

There was a 18.6% decrease over 832 deals during the same period in 2019. Deal value also fell by 57.8% from $162bn in Q1-Q3 2019 to $68bn in Q1-Q3 2020.

Bank of America and Moelis & Co top by value

As per GlobalData’s ranking, Bank of America and Moelis & Co shared the top position in terms of disclosed value by advising on three deals worth $10.1bn.

Morgan Stanley occupied the third position with two deals worth $10.1bn, followed by First Abu Dhabi Bank and Mizuho Financial Group with a single deal each worth $10.1bn.

Citi leads by volume

Citi led in terms of volume having advised on seven deals worth $8.2bn.

Rothschild & Co occupied the second position by volume, with seven deals worth $3.8bn, followed by JP Morgan, with seven deals worth $3.6bn, and HSBC, with five deals worth $3.8bn.

GlobalData financial deals analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “Citi, despite advising on more than double the number of deals advised by Bank of America and Moelis & Co, lost the top position by value to the latter. Bank of America and Moelis & Co managed to advise on one mega deal (Deal valued more than or equal to $10bn). Citi also advised on four deals worth greater than or equal to $1bn but lacked any mega deals.”


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