Goldman Sachs and Houlihan Lokey were the top M&A financial advisers in North America during Q1-Q3 2023, according to GlobalData’s ranking of leading M&A advisers.

Goldman Sachs topped the charts when measuring the value of deals, advising on $209.2bn worth of deals during the period, while Houlihan Lokey advised on the most transactions with a total of 113 deals.

“Goldman Sachs and Houlihan Lokey were the clear winners during Q1-Q3 2023 by value and volume, respectively. While Goldman Sachs was the only adviser to surpass $200bn in total deal value during Q1-Q3 2023, Houlihan Lokey was the adviser with triple-digit deal volume,” said GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose.

An analysis of GlobalData’s Financial Deals Database reveals that Morgan Stanley came second in terms of value, by advising on $174bn worth of deals, followed by Bank of America with $172.5bn, JP Morgan with $159.5bn, and Centerview Partners with $134.9bn.

Measured by number of transactions, JP Morgan occupied second place with 83 deals, followed by Goldman Sachs with 82 deals, and Evercore and Piper Sandler with 66 deals each.

GlobalData’s league tables are based on the real-time tracking of thousands of company websites, advisory firm websites and other reliable sources available on the secondary domain. A dedicated team of analysts monitors all these sources to gather in-depth details for each deal, including adviser names.

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To ensure further robustness to the data, the company also seeks submissions of deals from leading advisers.