The latest M&A roundups reveal two new star dealmakers for 2014. Allen & Co, a boutique investment bank, jumped dramatically from 96th to 17th in the Thomson Reuters global M&A ranking for 2014 rankings in 2014 . Since the low-profile US-based advisory is active in technology and media deals, where valuations were skyrocketing last year, we assume that IPO book-building and acquisitions advisory drove its ascent.
Another new top name is Somerley Capital, an independent mid-market Hong Kong adviser. It jumped to from number 63 to grab the number 25 spot. An article in the FT last year said that its ascent comes mainly on the back of advisory work for the USD 36 billion purchase of assets by China’s CITIC Pacific Ltd from its state-owned parent.