GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, has revealed its league tables for top 10 financial advisers by value and volume in Europe for Q1-Q3 2021 in its report, ‘Global and Europe M&A Report Financial Adviser League Tables Q1-Q3 2021’.

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 8,590 M&A deals were announced in the region during Q1-Q3 2021. The deal value for the region increased by 70.8% from $466bn during Q1-Q3 2020 to $796bn in Q1-Q3 2021.

Top Advisers by Value and Volume

Morgan Stanley and Rothschild & Co emerged as the top mergers and acquisition financial advisers in Europe for Q1-Q3 2021 by value and volume, respectively.

Morgan Stanley advised on 54 deals worth $232.9bn, which was the highest value in the chart. Rothschild & Co led the chart in terms of volume, having advised on 230 deals valued at $168.3bn.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “Rothschild & Co was the only company to advise on more than 200 deals. It also registered a 72.9% year-on-year (YoY) volume growth. Despite this healthy growth, the company failed to secure a position among the top three financial advisers in terms of value and had to settle for fourth place instead.

“GlobalData’s study shows that companies that advise on high-value transactions such as billion-dollar deals (valued more than or equal to $1bn) and mega deals (valued more than or equal to $10bn) are most likely to secure the top spots by value. For instance, Morgan Stanley secured the top spot by value due to its involvement in 35 billion-dollar deals, which also included six mega deals. Similarly, Goldman Sachs, which occupied the second spot by value, advised on 48 billion-dollar deals, out of which four were mega deals.”

Goldman Sachs took the second position with regard to value, bagging 90 deals worth $232.7bn. It was followed by JP Morgan with 107 deals valued at $229.9bn. Rothschild & Co got the fourth spot by value, followed by Bank of America with 35 deals worth $141.7bn.

In terms of volume, PwC secured the second position with 190 deals valued at $27.9bn. It was followed by Ernst & Young with 163 deals worth $17bn, and KPMG with 152 deals worth $14.1bn. JP Morgan took the fifth sport in the volume chart.


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.