Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan were the top M&A financial advisers by value and volume in the US for 2021, finds GlobalData

Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan were the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) financial advisers in the US for 2021 by value and volume, respectively, according to GlobalData. The leading data and analytics company revealed that Goldman Sachs advised on 283 deals worth $698.5 billion, which was the highest value among all the advisers tracked. Meanwhile, JP Morgan led by deal volume, having advised on 295 deals worth $585.9 billion.

An analysis of GlobalData’s Financial Deals Database revealed that a total of 14,152 M&A deals were announced in the US during 2021. Deal value for the country increased by 63.1% from $1.2 trillion during 2020 to $1.9 trillion during 2021.

Aurojyoti Bose, Lead Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Goldman Sachs was the clear winner by value, as it was the only firm to near the $700 billion mark. Moreover, it was among the very few firms to have advised on more than 200 deals during 2021, which also helped it occupy the third position by volume.

“Similarly, JP Morgan advised on just short of 300 deals, but its involvement with some big-ticket deals helped it occupy the second spot by value.”

Morgan Stanley occupied the third position by value, with 185 deals worth $468 billion; Bank of America, with 170 deals worth $358 billion; and Barclays, with 165 deals worth $307.7 billion.

Houlihan Lokey occupied the second position in terms of volume, with 287 deals worth $64.3 billion; followed by Goldman Sachs. Jefferies occupied the fourth position by volume, with 208 deals worth $112.8 billion; followed by Raymond James Financial, with 197 deals worth $25.6 billion.

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