Goldman Loses Top Spot in M&A Rankings

JP Morgan uses financing advantage to end 7-year reign
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2008 3:05 PM CST
In this Oct. 10, 2008 file photo, Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, walks in the financial district after attending a panel discussion at the New York Stock Exchange (not shown) in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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(Newser) – Ascendant JP Morgan Chase has knocked Goldman Sachs out of first place in the race for mergers and acquisitions, the Wall Street Journal reports. Dealogic, a merger data provider, says Goldman advised some 295 deals totaling $755.6 billion last year, as compared to JP Morgan’s 350 deals for $818.2 billion. A huge lender, JP Morgan can trump rivals in today's tight credit environment by financing deals.

Goldman retains its spot atop the Thomson Reuters ranking, which counts warrants and options within deal values. But the Dealogic rating represents another blow to Goldman, which already lost prestige by giving up its investment banking business model. Goldman had held its top ranking for 7 straight years.