League Table Porn: Goldman Tops US M&A Advisers

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Fewer transactions but bigger numbers in the US mergers and acquisitions market means the battle for league table placement in the quarter just ending was especially hard fought.
Goldman Sachswas the top adviser for US mergers, according to the research firm Dealogic, boosted by its role in the huge TXU buyout offer. It was followed by Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase. While Dealogic’s tallies aren’t viewed as important as those assembled by Thompson Financial, you can bet there is some back patting and grinning over at Goldman this morning.
And maybe, just maybe, Lloyd Blankfein put a little extra sugar in his Styrofoam coffee cup this morning.*
*This whole Lloyd loves the Styrofoam thing was, as far as we can tell, made up by Bess Levin. Factual accounts of how Bankfein takes his coffee—if at all—are always welcome. Goldman could not immediately comment on this matter when contacted this morning.

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[Reuters]

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