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January 13, 2022updated 17 Jan 2022 6:35am

Top 10 M&A financial advisers in North America for 2021 revealed

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

According to GlobalData’s M&A report, a total of 16,494 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals were announced in the region during 2021. The deal value for the region increased by 62.6% from $1.2 trillion during 2020 to $2 trillion during 2021.

Top Advisers by Value and Volume

Goldman Sachs and Houlihan Lokey emerged as the top M&A financial advisers in North America for 2021 by value and volume, respectively.

Goldman Sachs advised on 293 deals valued at $736.1bn. Houlihan Lokey led the volume chart having advised on 303 deals valued at $82.9bn.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “Goldman Sachs was the clear winner by value as it was the only firm to advise on deals worth more than US$700bn. The firm advised on 126 billion-dollar deals (valued more than or equal to $1bn) that also included 17 mega deals valued more than or equal to $10bn.

“Meanwhile, Houlihan Lokey though led in terms of volume but faced very close competition. The closest competitor by this metric was JP Morgan, which was only one deal behind Houlihan Lokey while Goldman Sachs was also not too far behind and fell short of just 10 deals. Houlihan Lokey also did not find a place in the top 10 list by value.”

JP Morgan took the second spot in the value chart with 302 deals worth $601.7bn. It was followed by Morgan Stanley with 194 deals worth $503.4bn, Bank of America with 179 deals worth $407.5bn and Barclays with 177 deals worth $351.7bn.

JP Morgan also secured the second place in the volume table. It was followed by Goldman Sachs. Jefferies got the fourth spot by volume with 216 deals worth $116.1bn followed by Raymond James Financial with 208 deals worth $26bn.

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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