Awards for Excellence 2011: Best Global equity house
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Awards for Excellence 2011: Best Global equity house

The firm has done large IPOs, follow-ons and accelerated bookbuilds in difficult markets for demanding issuers.

Awards for Excellence 2011

Best Global equity house: Morgan Stanley

Also nominated: Goldman Sachs and BAML

In equity capital markets the old US investment banks are to the fore and often teamed together on large international deals, including a resurgent Goldman Sachs and an increasingly sure-footed Bank of America Merrill Lynch. However, they are narrowly led by Morgan Stanley. Raj Dhanda, head of global capital markets, says: "A number of the equity deals that emerged in the aftermath of the financial crisis were transformative. They helped rebuild confidence among investors, the private sector and public officials. We led many of these deals due to our global capital markets expertise, as well as the strength of our institutional and retail distribution."

The firm’s traditional ECM strengths lie in IPOs and equity-linked and both capabilities were much in demand by issuers in the developed markets and the growth markets of Asia and Latin America.

Morgan Stanley served as global coordinator and sole stabilization agent on the largest equity offering ever, a $70 billion follow-on for Petrobras. Dan Simkowitz, chairman of global equity capital markets, says: "To be named stabilization agent was a huge recognition of our investment in the equity franchise in Brazil and across emerging markets."