NEW YORK, February 15, 2016 – Global Finance magazine has named its 17th annual World’s Best Investment Banking Deals of the Year in an exclusive survey to be published in the April 2016 issue.

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“Driven by economic and market uncertainty, major capital markets and M&A transactions may not have reached the heights of some previous years, but deals continue to get done -- on both a large and small scale,” said Joseph D. Giarraputo, publisher and editorial director of Global Finance. “With these awards, we honor those firms that continue to successfully position themselves within the ever-changing market landscape,” Giarraputo added.

Global Finance editors, with input from industry experts, used a series of criteria—including deal structure, service and advice, distribution network, efforts to address market conditions, innovation and pricing —to score and select winners, based on a proprietary algorithm. Deals closed in 2015 were considered.


Best Equity Deal Santander issued an $8.9 billion follow-on secondary offering that was the world’s largest equity deal of the year. The European bookrunner was UBS and the US bookrunner was Goldman Sachs.
Best Debt Deal In the second-largest debt capital market raising of 2015, Bank of America Merrill Lynch raised $17.5 billion in investment-grade corporate bonds for AT&T on April 23.
Best M&A Deal Pfizer acquired Allergan in a deal valued at $160 billion. Morgan Stanley was the lead advisor to Pfizer. Goldman Sachs was the lead advisor to Allergan.
Best Infrastructure Deal BBVA acted as global coordinator for the IPO of the Spanish government’s airports operator, AENA, which raised €4.26 billion.
Winners will be honored at an Awards Ceremony conducted the morning of October 8th during the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, DC.

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