In the bobsleigh race that is the annual M&A advisory battle, Morgan Stanley is just milliseconds behind the lycra bodysuit-clad Jamie Dimon.

It’s been the busiest start for M&A both globally and in the U.S. With Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the messaging service WhatsApp, Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan are now nearly neck and neck for the top spot in the M&A advisory league tables….

Morgan Stanley is now just $7 million behind J.P. Morgan on the value of announced deals in 2014 after working on deals valued at $146,961 billion compared to J.P. Morgan’s $146,968 billion. Both banks have worked on 30 deals this year and have a 29.6% market share.

In the U.S., Morgan Stanley trails J.P. Morgan by a wider margin, but holds the lead in tech M&A.

Morgan Stanley Gets a WhatsApp Bounce, But J.P. Morgan Still No. 1 [WSJ MoneyBeat blog]

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  1. Posted by Guest | February 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM
  2. Posted by .Bo | February 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    That's a lot of billions.

  3. Posted by Guest | February 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    I thought they were from the same corporate group, Morgan Corp.

  4. Posted by Guest | February 21, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    How many cousins do you talk to from the same Great-Great Grandfather?

    JPM & Co. FTW

  5. Posted by Guest | February 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    none since they married into the dean witter family

  6. Posted by J. Dimon | February 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Shazar, I'll sue your ass for botched photoshop job making me look like I have small shoulders. Don't ask your 5-year old son to do photoshop editing. The child obvioulsy used body proportions suitable for his age. This is a job you should have interns doing for free anyway

    – Jamie Dimon