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Investment Banking Fees Hit All-Time High

Estimated fees generated by global investment banking activities totaled US$103.9 billion during full year 2017, a 16% increase compared to the previous year and the highest annual total for IB fees since our records began in 2000. Estimated fees in the Americas reached US$51.3 billion, the region’s second largest full year total since 2007. Investment banking activity in the Asia-Pacific region totaled US$21.6 billion in fees, a 16% uptick compared a year ago and the region’s highest annual total on record. Similarly, fees in Japan hit an all-time high of US$5.5 billion, a 50% increase compared to 2016.

The M&A advisory fee pool totaled US$28.1 billion during full year 2017, a 2% increase compared to the last year, and accounted for 27% of the global fee pool. Debt capital markets underwriting generated US$31.3 billion in fees, up 15% compared to the previous year and the highest annual total for DCM on record. Fees from equity capital markets underwriting reached US$22.4 billion during full year 2017, with Follow-On offerings and IPOs constituting 57% and 35% of ECM fees, respectively. Syndicated Lending fees registered a 16% uptick compared to a year ago, contributing US$22.2 billion to global fee pool.