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January 08, 2007

Goldman Sachs Wins Again - M&A League Table 2006

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 1/08/2007 11:25:00 AM
The 2006 merger and acquisition league table is out. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. topped the league. In case you wonder why these tables are so important, it's because bankers like to brag about their place in the league. After all, who wouldn't want to be top dog in a den of thieves? Got your star associate pilfered by the competition that was top dog last year, not a problem? He joined the dogs because they went down - on the league table.

Truthfully, bonuses are paid based on advisory fees and the firms at the top of the league just have more bonus moolah for the big payola day. It pretty much explains why everyone wants to win the partnership lottery at Goldman Sachs. For the odds, go here. Find out who got to go splurging on gifts for Christmas? Check the list. And please stop hitting on the bartender at Nebraska beef, please. Yes, I mean you, Goldman Sachs bankers.


2006 Merger and Acquisition League Table
1 Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 564.31 billion
2 JPMorgan Chase & Co. 471.74 billion
3 Morgan Stanley Inc. 433.31 billion
4 Citigroup Inc. 399.9 billion
5 Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. 383.94 billion
6 Merrill Lynch & Co. 394.44 billion
7 Credit Suisse Group 252.67 billion
8 UBS 240.52 billion
9 Bear Stearns & Cos. 218.33 billion
10 Lazard Ltd. 193.83 billion.

Source: Thomson Financial

MergerMarket.com had a different take.


2006 Merger and Acquisition League Table
1 Goldman Sachs Group Inc. 588.57 billion
2 Citigroup 469.92 billion
3 Morgan Stanley fourth 438.63 billion
4 Credit Suisse 381.41 billion
5 Merrill Lynch 353.95 billion
6 Lehman 307.94 billion
7 UBS 282.7 billion
8 Banc of America Inc. 248.1 billion
9 Deutsche Bank AG 193.2 billion.
10 Source: Mergermarket.com

The top deals of 2006.


Biggest M&A Deals of 2006
1 BellSouth Corp./AT&T Inc. 89.4 billion
2 HCA Inc. 32.7 billion
3 Harrah's Entertainment Inc. 27.8 billion

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