CVS/Aetna, Disney/Fox Highlight Solid M&A

The days before Christmas can be busy ones for M&A as companies try to wrap deals up, but the end of 2017 was crazed, with at least a dozen U.S. deals of $1 billion or more announced from Dec. 15 to 31 led by the Unilever spreads deal. The flurry suggests the continued appetite for M&A among both corporates and PE shops, which were involved on six of the 10 deals, three as buyers and three as sellers.

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M&A Financial Advisers Power Rankings

Deals announced between Jan 2017 and Dec 2017 ranked by number of deals, then by aggregate transaction value in the event of a tie.

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Citigroup Inc.

Barclays Capital

Credit Suisse Group

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Lazard Ltd.

Evercore Partners Inc.

Jefferies LLC

Deutsche Bank AG

UBS Investment Bank

RBC Capital Markets

Moelis & Co. LLC

Stifel /KBW

Wells Fargo Securities LLC

Centerview Partners LLC

Sandler O’Neill & Partners LP

Houlihan Lokey Inc.

Rothschild & Co

Piper Jaffray & Co.

Perella Weinberg Partners LP

Raymond James & Associates Inc.

Guggenheim Securities LLC

Robert W. Baird & Co.

Macquarie Capital

Stephens Inc.

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Deloitte LLP

Harris Williams & Co.

William Blair & Co. LLC

PJT Partners Inc.

Allen & Co. LLC

HSBC Holdings plc

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Inc.

Greenhill & Co.

KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

LionTree Advisors LLC

Financial Technology Partners LP

FTI Consulting Inc.

Ernst & Young LLP

KPMG LLP

Cowen and Co. LLC

TD Securities Inc.

BNP Paribas SA

Peter J. Solomon Co.

Qatalyst Partners

National Bank Financial Inc.

Quayle Munro Ltd.

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.

Needham & Co. LLC

Canaccord Genuity Corp.

Hovde Group LLC

JMP Securities LLC

Daiwa Securities Group Inc.

D.A. Davidson & Co.

BDT & Co. LLC

Credit Agricole Group

GCA Corp.

Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC

Nomura Holdings Inc.

Duff & Phelps Corp.

Triple Tree LLC

CIBC World Markets Inc.

Valence Group LLC

Leerink Partners LLC

Raine Securities LLC

AlixPartners LLP

Oppenheimer & Co.

Banco Santander SA

Lincoln International LLC

Atlas Technology Group LLC

America’s Growth Capital LLC

Robey Warshaw LLP

Nordea AB

Arma Partners LLP

Societe Generale SA

Dyal Co. LLC

Petrie Partners LLC

Waller Capital Corp.

SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.

DH Capital LLC

Banks Street Partners LLC

Ankura Consulting Group LLC

Greentech Capital Advisors Securities LLC

EarlyBirdCapital Inc.

Torreya Partners LLC

Catalyst Strategic Advisors LLC

Bank Street Group LLC

Mercer Capital Management Inc.

Petsky Prunier LLC

Grant Thornton LLP

Roth Capital Partners LLC

Gleacher Shacklock LLP

Foros Group

Professional Bank Services Inc.

Panoramic Capital Advisors Inc.

FBR & Co.

FIG Partners LLC