Goldman Sachs and UBS have led the financial advisers ranking for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) by value and volume, respectively, in the South & Central American region in 2023, as per GlobalData’s latest financial advisers league table.   

The deals database of GlobalData, a data and analytics company, indicates that Goldman Sachs topped the rankings in terms of value by advising on deals worth $14.4bn. 

Meanwhile, UBS’ advisory on ten deals in the South & Central America region in 2023 placed it at the forefront in terms of volume.  

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose said: “While Goldman Sachs was the only adviser to surpass the $10 billion in total deal value during 2023, UBS was the only adviser to hit double-digit volume. UBS was the top adviser by volume in 2022 as well.  

“Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs registered a massive jump in total value of deals advised and went ahead from occupying the 22nd position by value in 2022 to top the chart by this metric in 2023.” 

In the value category, Goldman Sachs was followed by Bank of America and Morgan Stanley, occupying the second and third spot, respectively.  

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According to Globaldata’s Deals Database, Bank of America advised on transactions amounting to $9.9bn, while Morgan Stanley advised on M&A deals worth $5.8bn in South & Central America last year. 

The fourth position was jointly secured by Bank of Nova Scotia and BMO Capital Markets, with each advising on deals worth $5.7bn. 

In terms of volume, UBS was followed by Clairfield International, advising on a total of seven deals. 

Meanwhile, 44 Capital Financas Corporativas occupied the third position by advising on five deals, while Houlihan Lokey and Rothschild & Co followed with four deals. 

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.

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