Another year of busy M&A year ended. Morgan Stanley ended up at the top with 356 deals of a collective value of $595 billion, according to final 2010 tallies released today by Dealogic. Goldman received credit for its work on 346 deals valued at $581 billion. Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan were a distant third and fourth place, respectively.
Globally, M&A deals were worth $2.8 trillion last year, up from $2.3 trillion in 2009. We project even larger M&aA volume this year globally with more emphasis in deals originated into or executed in emerging economies with shifting focus from BRICs (ie Brazil, Russia, India and China) to CIVETs (ie Columbia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egyp and Turkey).