Goldman Sachs Tops SWFI Financial Advisory League Table for H1 2015

SWFI_leaguetable_july2015reportThe Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI), through its proprietary database, tracks transactions by sovereign wealth funds, pensions and other public funds. The first half of 2015 yielded US$ 95.56 billion worth of transactions versus US$ 74 billion in the first half of 2014. For 2014, sovereign wealth fund and public fund transactions totaled US$ 170.93 billion versus US$ 211.74 billion in 2013.

For the first half of 2015, the top three ranked financial advisors when it comes to public investor transactions were Goldman Sachs at #1, JP Morgan at #2 and Morgan Stanley at #3. Goldman Sachs helped find investors including a sovereign wealth fund for Spotify, a music streaming company. Morgan Stanley advised XPO Logistics in raising a large round of capital from investors like PSP Investments, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) and Singapore’s GIC Private Limited. Other notable mentions of financial advisors are HSBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank.

Legal Advisors

For the first half of 2015, the top legal advisor for public fund transactions was Clifford Chance, displacing Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Clifford Chance was the legal advisor for Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec’s (CDPQ) massive investment in cross-Channel train operator Eurostar. Linklaters remained in the upper echelon of legal advisors along with firms such as Allen & Overy, Sidley Austin LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP. Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP was the legal advisor for the Barclay Brothers in Qatar-backed Constellation Hotels’ investment in Coroin Ltd.

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Source: SWFI – Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, July 2, 2015

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