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October 29, 2020updated 06 Nov 2020 12:18pm

Top 10 M&A financial advisers in Europe for Q1–Q3 2020 revealed

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 2020 in its report, ‘Global & Europe M&A Review & Financial Adviser League tables’.

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 6,245 M&A deals were announced in Europe during this period. The deal value fell by 14.8% from $575bn in Q1-Q3 2019 to $490bn in Q1-Q3 2020, while there was a drop of 19.9% over 7,792 deals during the corresponding period in 2019.

Goldman Sachs tops by value

As per GlobalData’s ranking, Goldman Sachs advised on 53 deals valued at $148.4bn – the highest value among all advisers.

GlobalData financial deals analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “Rothschild & Co, despite advising on more than double the number of deals advised by Goldman Sachs, lost out on the top position by value.

“Goldman Sachs advised on a lower number of deals, but the average deal value stood at $2.8bn – as compared with Rothschild & Co’s average value of $624m. Goldman Sachs advised on 23 deals worth greater than or equal to $1bn, while  Rothschild & Co advised on 14 billion-dollar deals.”

Morgan Stanley took the second spot by value with 39 deals worth $92.4bn, followed by JP Morgan with 45 deals valued at $90bn, and Bank of America with 32 deals worth $83.1bn.

Rothschild & Co leads by volume

Rothschild & Co led in terms of volume, having advised on 125 deals worth $78bn

Aurojyoti continues: “PwC occupied the second position by volume with 112 deals worth $13.8bn, followed by Ernst & Young with 111 deals worth $7.2bn and KPMG with 80 deals worth $6.7bn. Surprisingly, five of the top advisers by volume (which also includes Ernst & Young and KPMG) failed to even cross the US$10bn mark during Q1-Q3 2020.

“Goldman Sachs and PwC occupied the top position by value and volume in key European market, the UK.”

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

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