Rainmakers of the Year - 2009

Rainmakers of the Year feature picks the bankers behind six of the world’s top ten acquisitions by fees.


Global merger volume fell by more than one third in 2009’s first three quarters, and M&A fees were down by half. By all measures it was a tough environment for takeovers — and perhaps the ultimate challenge for deal makers. In recognition of this, Institutional Investor introduces Rainmakers of the Year, a feature that singles out the bankers behind six of the world’s top ten acquisitions by fees, as estimated by Dealogic.


1 Jack Levy Goldman, Sachs & Co.

2 Alex Wilmot-Sitwell UBS

3 Thierry Varène BNP Paribas

4 Michael Klein Citi

5 Arthur Korpach Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

6 Todd Snyder Rothschild

Top ten 2009 Deals Ranked by Fees

The ten deals are ranked according to Dealogic’s estimate of the total M&A fees they generated. The research firm reckons they range broadly from $100 million to $250 million. It declines, however, to cite specific figures for each deal.

1. Pfizer–Wyeth Corp.
6. Dow Chemical Co.–Rohm & Haas

2. Gas Natural SDG–Union Fenosa
7. Merck & Co.–Schering-Plough

3. Schaeffler KG–Continental
8. Suncor Energy–Petro-Canada

4. Lloyds TSB Group–HBOS
9. General Motors Corp.

5. Electricité de France–British Energy
10. Verizon Communications–Alltel

Source: Dealogic.