Morgan Stanley tops M&A financial advisers ranking

Morgan Stanley has topped the rankings of the top ten M&A financial advisers in information and communications technology (ICT) for Q2 2018, according to data analytics company GlobalData.

The bank advised on 23 deals worth $118.4 billion and was followed by Goldman Sachs, which advised on 19 deals worth $98.1 billion.

Credit Suisse was the only European player in the top five, with all other advisers in the ranking being US banks.

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However, Japanese banks Mizuho Financial and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial were the two Asian players in the top ten.

According to GlobalData, Morgan Stanley advised on all the three highest-value deals in the industry – T-Mobile US’s acquisition of Sprint for $59 billion, Vodafone’s $22 billion acquisition of Unitymedia from Liberty Global, and Bharti Infratel’s proposed $10.7 billion merger with Indus Towers.

The total global ICT deals market had seen a growth trajectory in both value and volume and recorded in Q2 2018 a leap of 118.6 per cent in value, reaching $157.4 billion, against $72 billion in Q2 2017.

The top three players in the ICT of M&A financial advisers held the same ranking in the global M&A league table of top 20 financial advisers, GlobalData said.

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