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Investment Banking:
Top Firms

Going into 2011, the industry has a new landscape following the 2008/09 financial crisis and its attendant stunning failures and near-failures of blue chip firms like Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers; bank bailouts; and pronounced slowing of the capital markets. M&A activity has come back strong--stronger, in fact, than other business lines at most of the remaining bulge bracket firms. The two tables below, based on data the New York Times assembled from Thomson Reuters, list the top ten firms by dollar volume of M&A activity from the beginning of 2010 to the end the third quarter. The first table gives worldwide rankings; the second rankings based on US activity. We also have detailed historical listings of top firms, below the second table. Reviewing the similarities and differences between the historical and current league tables is an exercise both instructive and sobering for those pursuing a career in investment banking.

Leading Firms / 2010 (to Q3) Worldwide M&A Volume League Table

2010 M&A Volume Rank Firm Address Phone
1 Goldman Sachs & Co 200 West St.,
New York, NY 10282
(212) 902-1000
2 J.P. Morgan Chase 270 Park Avenue,
New York, NY 10017
(212) 270-6000
3 Morgan Stanley 1585 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036
(212) 761-4000
4 Credit Suisse Eleven Madison Ave.,
New York, NY 10010
(212) 325-2000
5 Bank of America / Merrill Lynch 100 North Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28255
(212) 526-7000
6 Deutsche Bank 60 Wall Street St.,
New York, NY, NY 10019
(212) 250-2500
7 Barclays Capital 745 Seventh Avenue,
New York, NY, NY 10019
(212) 526-7000
8 UBS 299 Park Avenue,
New York, NY 10178
(212) 916-2000
9 Citigroup 388 Greenwich St.,
New York, NY 10013
(212) 399-6000
10 Lazard 30 Rockefeller Center,
New York, NY, NY 10020
(212) 632-6000

Source: New York Times, September 2010 citing Thomson Reuters.

Leading Firms / 2010 (to Q3) US M&A Volume League Table

2010 M&A Volume Rank Firm Address Phone
1 Goldman Sachs & Co 200 West St.,
New York, NY 10282
(212) 902-1000
2 Morgan Stanley 1585 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036
(212) 761-4000
3 J.P. Morgan Chase 270 Park Avenue,
New York, NY 10017
(212) 270-6000
4 Credit Suisse Eleven Madison Ave.,
New York, NY 10010
(212) 325-2000
5 Barclays Capital 745 Seventh Avenue,
New York, NY, NY 10019
(212) 526-7000
6 Bank of America / Merrill Lynch 100 North Tryon Street,
Charlotte, NC 28255
(212) 526-7000
7 Deutsche Bank 60 Wall Street St.,
New York, NY, NY 10019
(212) 250-2500
8 Lazard 30 Rockefeller Center,
New York, NY, NY 10020
(212) 632-6000
9 Citigroup 388 Greenwich St.,
New York, NY 10013
(212) 399-6000
10 Blackstone 345 Park Avenue,
New York, NY, NY 10154
(212) 583-5000

Source: New York Times, September 2010 citing Thomson Reuters.

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