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Investment Banking Fees Fall 5% From 2017

Fees generated by global investment banking activities totaled US$52.0 billion during the opening six months of 2018 with a 5% year-over year decline compared to 2017. Imputed fees in the Americas accounted for 50% of the global fee pool with US$26.2 billion in fees, a 4% decrease compared to the same period last year. IB fees in Europe registered a 6% downtick compared to a year ago totaling US$12.5 billion. The Asia-Pacific region generated an estimated US$9.6 billion in IB fee revenue, a 9% decline compared to 2017. Japan registered a 9% uptick in fees with a total of US$2.8 billion, the only region to post a year-over-year increase. 

Global IB fees during the opening six months of 2018 are down in three of the four product groups compared to the same period last year. M&A-related fees reached US$14.0 billion, down 6% compared to a year ago driven by a 34% downtick in the Energy & Power sector. DCM underwriting constituted the largest portion of fees during the first half 2018 at 29%, or US$15.0 billion. ECM underwriting totaled US$10.8 billion in IB fee revenue, down 7% year-over-year with fees generated by follow-on offerings falling 16%. Syndicated lending increased 3% compared to the same period last year with US$12.1 billion in fees.