|Deals of the Year Six Other Notable Transactions of 2012|
Blame it on Europe's endless recession, the U.S.'s shaky condition and Asia's lack of ignition: After the previous year's modest rise, 2012 didn't bring a hoped-for resurgence in mergers and acquisitions. Year-to-date through November 30, global M&A deal volume stood just shy of $2.4 trillion, according to Dealogic, a 14 percent drop from 2011. When it came to fees, M&A bankers had even less reason to cheer, as revenue plunged 21 percent, to $16.08 billion. Given those numbers, no wonder Citigroup just cut 150 jobs from its trading and investment banking unit as part of a plan to shed 11,000 staff.
For other deal makers, results were mixed. Global equity issuance totaled $582.8 billion, down 7.5 percent from 2011, while revenue fell some 24 percent, to $12.03 billion, its lowest ebb since 2003. Fixed income had a stronger year, suggesting that everyone is locking in cheap money: Total debt offerings climbed 3 percent, to $6.01 trillion. Investment-grade corporate bonds hit an all-time high with deal value of about $1.6 trillion, a 36 percent gain.
Despite these trying conditions, the bankers celebrated in Institutional Investor's 2012 Rainmakers of the Year fetched handsome fees while making big things happen for their clients. This year's top ten list focuses on the largest pending and closed transactions of 2012 by total advisory fees, as estimated by investment consulting firm Freeman Consulting. The banks involved stand to earn some $850 million all told, a healthy increase over 2011's haul of $800 million.
Cross-border tie-ups loomed larger than ever, accounting for six of the ten deals. Asia asserted itself with two major prizes: the $20.1 billion purchase of U.S. cellular carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. by Japan's SoftBank Corp. (No. 2) and Chinese state-owned Cnooc Canada Holding's $17.7 billion acquisition of Canadian oil producer Nexen (No. 4). The buyer in the No. 1 transaction with its $45.8 billion takeover of miner Xstrata, Swiss commodities trader Glencore International also picked up Canuck grain handler and processor Viterra (No. 9). Uncertainty rules, but megadeals and global mergers are alive and well.Deals of the Year Click on the Rainmakers below for more information on the deals.
|1||Michel Antakly & Team|
Tom Reid & Team
|2||Jeffrey Sine & Team|
|SoftBank Corp.||Sprint Nextel Corp.||pending||20,061||111|
|3||Richard Girling & Team|
|Walgreen Co.||Alliance Boots||Aug 2||21,362||107|
|4||Peter Tague & Team|
|Cnooc Canada Holding||Nexen||pending||17,666||107|
Charles Newton & Team
|Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.||Amylin Pharmaceuticals||Aug 9||6,862||84.7|
|6||Michael Boublik & Team|
Alan Hartman & Team
|Nestlé||Pfizer Nutrition||Nov 30||11,850||82|
|7||Richard Campbell-Breeden & Team|
Goldman Sachs Group
Hong Ping Yeo & Team
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
|Fraser & Neave||pending||12,491|
Michael Muntner & Team
|9||Philip Evershed & Team|
|10||Richard Jacobsen Jr. & Team|
Greenhill & Co.
|Aetna||Coventry Health Care||pending||5,695||56|
|*Competing bids||Source: Thomson Reuters/Freeman Consulting.|