Awards: Best Investment Banks 2012

ANNUAL SURVEY AND AWARDS—REDEFINING SUCCESS

 

By Michael Shari

 

Global investment banks and strong local banks make the list in our annual awards.

 

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For an investment bank, success has long been defined as staying true to one’s brand. In general, this means maintaining clients’ confidence in the bank’s ability to raise capital for them and to cobble together mergers and acquisitions. But the definition of success in investment banking changed in the frenetic markets of last year. Investors oscillated between risk-on and risk-off as the world hopscotched from crisis to crisis, dragging down equity market activity overall by 28% from the previous year. Last year saw 40% fewer initial public offerings worldwide than the high-water-mark year of 2007.

 

Many investment banks redefined their own success as “one word—survival,” says Fred Cannon, director of research at boutique investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. In such treacherous markets, investment banks that were able to raise the most capital—or any capital at all—had large balance sheets that could be deployed on a dime to keep a deal from falling apart. Not surprisingly, the titans of Wall Street had the upper hand in that game even before it started last summer.


But the Darwinian nature of last year also favored domestic banks. In countries where investors were the least inclined to take even carefully calculated risks, local banks with strong franchises that had avoided trouble in 2008–2009 grew market share.


Our selection criteria for determining the world’s best investment banks—how much capital a bank could raise for its clients in such a challenging market, market share, customer service and advice, deal structuring capabilities, distribution network, staff dedicated to investment banking—produced a diverse and interesting array of winners around the globe this year.

 

GLOBAL WINNER
Best Investment Bank Goldman Sachs
Best Equity Bank J.P. Morgan
Best Debt Bank Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Best M&A Bank Goldman Sachs
Best Up-and-Comer Evercore Partners
Most Creative Stifel Nicolaus Weisel

 

DEALS OF THE YEAR
Best Equity Deal: Glencore International $10.1 billion IPO, May 11, 2011
Lead Manager: Citi
Global Bookrunners: Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas
Best Debt Deal: Nationwide Building Society $19.9 billion in mortgage-backed securities (Silverstone Master Issuer pic Series 2011-1), October 31, 2011
Lead Managers: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, J.P. Morgan, UBS, Nationwide Building Society
Best M&A Deal: Kinder Morgan $37.88 billion acquisition of El Paso Corp, October 16, 2011
Advising Target: Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs
Advising Acquirer: Evercore Partners, Barclays Capital

 

SECTOR WINNERS
Consumer Citi
Financial Institutions Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
Healthcare Piper Jaffray
Infrastructure Scotiabank
Industrials/Chemicals Jefferies
Media/Entertainment J.P. Morgan
Metals & Mining BMO Capital Markets
Oil & Gas Goldman Sachs
Power Morgan Stanley
Real Estate Raymond James
Technology Morgan Stanley
Telecoms J.P. Morgan

 

REGIONAL WINNERS
NORTH AMERICA
Best Investment Bank Goldman Sachs
Best Equity Bank Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Best Debt Bank Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Best M&A Bank Goldman Sachs
WESTERN EUROPE
Best Investment Bank  Credit Suisse
Best Equity Bank  Credit Suisse 
Best Debt Bank  Barclays Capital 
Best M&A Bank  Goldman Sachs 
ASIA
Best Investment Bank China International Capital Corp
Best Equity Bank Ping An Securities
Best Debt Bank China International Capital Corp
Best M&A Bank Nomura
CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE
Best Investment Bank Goldman Sachs 
Best Equity Bank Goldman Sachs 
Best Debt Bank  VTB Capital 
Best M&A Bank  Deutsche Bank 
NORDIC
Best Investment Bank Pareto Securities 
Best Equity Bank  Pareto Securities 
Best Debt Bank  Nordea Markets 
Best M&A Bank  SEB 
LATIN AMERICA
Best Investment Bank  Itaú BBA 
Best Equity Bank  Bank of America Merrill Lynch 
Best Debt Bank  Santander 
Best M&A Bank  BTG Pactual 
MIDDLE EAST
Best Investment Bank Samba Capital
Best Equity Bank Gulf International Bank
Best Debt Bank HSBC
Best M&A Bank Goldman Sachs
AFRICA
Best Investment Bank Standard Bank
Best Equity Bank Java Capital
Best Debt Bank Barclays Capital
Best M&A Bank Goldman Sachs

  

COUNTRY WINNERS
NORTH AMERICA
Canada BMO Capital Markets
US Goldman Sachs
EUROPE
France BNP Paribas
Germany Deutsche Bank 
Italy  Intesa Sanpaolo 
Netherlands  ING 
Portugal  CaixaBI 
Russia  VTB Capital 
Spain  BBVA 
Sweden Handelsbanken 
Switzerland Credit Suisse 
Turkey  Oyak Yatirim 
United Kingdom Barclays Capital
ASIA
Australia Macquarie
China China International Capital Corp
Hong Kong HSBC
India State Bank of India
Indonesia Mandiri Sekuritas
Japan Daiwa Capital Markets
Kazakhstan Halyk Finance
Mongolia Eurasia Capital
Singapore Standard Chartered
South Korea Samsung Securities
Taiwan Fubon Financial
LATIN AMERICA
Argentina Citi
Brazil Bradesco BBI
Chile LarrainVial
Colombia Bancolombia
Mexico Citi
MIDDLE EAST
Bahrain GIB Capital
Egypt Arab African International Bank
Israel HSBC
Jordan Arab Financial Investment
Kuwait Markaz
Lebanon BankMed
Oman BankMuscat
Qatar QInvest
Saudi Arabia Samba Capital
UAE Standard Chartered
AFRICA
Nigeria FBN Capital
South Africa Standard Bank

 

BEST LEGAL ADVISERS
Global Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
North America Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Western Europe Linklaters
Asia Linklaters
CEE Dewey & LeBoeuf
Latin America Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Middle East & Africa Linklaters

 

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