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Citi has topped the latest M&A league table of the top 20 financial advisers globally for Q3 2018, compiled by GlobalData, a leading data analytics company.

The American bank advised on 68 deals worth $175.4bn, including the quarter’s biggest deal recorded globally – Energy Transfer Equity’s $60.4bn stake acquisition in Energy Transfer Partners.

With a mix of some big-ticket and several small-ticket deals, the bank climbed up four positions from Q2 2018 to the top rank in Q3 2018. When compared to the third quarter of 2017, Citi experienced a 47.46% rise in deal value and a 25.93% increase in volume.

According to GlobalData, which uses its tracking of all merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world to compile the league table, Barclays finished second with a deal value of $159.9bn, closely followed by Goldman Sachs with $159.3bn in Q3 2018. The two players saw an increase in value of 74.3% and 24.9% respectively over Q3 2017.

Among the top 20 legal advisers during the quarter, the 19th-ranked TD Securities saw a 1819% growth in value from $1.2bn in Q3 2017 to $22.2bn in Q3 2018.

Prakhar Baghmar, Financial Deals Analyst at GlobalData, said: “With respect to adviser ranking, Citi had a healthy ~$15bn lead over the second-ranked adviser, but ranks 2nd to 5th were closely contested with all the four advisers being part of a few major deals announced during Q3 2018.”

With 65 deals worth $153.3bn, and 79 deals valued at $152.9bn, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan secured fourth and fifth positions, respectively. Interestingly, both the banks saw a drop in value and volume this quarter over the same quarter in 2017.

In terms of volume, Rothschild & Co had the most number of deals in this quarter with 86, though it recorded a drop in value and volume of 14.41% and 14% respectively, from the same quarter last year. Goldman Sachs holds second position in the volume chart at 82, followed by JP Morgan at 79.

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