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Asia's best bank for advisory 2016: Morgan Stanley

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It was a stellar year for Asia Pacific M&A, with the emphasis very heavily on advisory rather than funding. With local liquidity so exceptionally deep, multinationals couldn’t lend their way into mandates, and instead stood or fell on the quality of advice.

It was an environment that suited Morgan Stanley, Euromoney’s best bank for advisory and which showed the greatest regional diversity in its practice. 


While it’s tempting to think China is the only game in town for M&A, it’s not so, and Morgan Stanley was a leader from southeast Asia (advising TCC on the Big C acquisition in Thailand, Vietnam Airlines on the ANA stakeholding, and BTMU on its purchase of a chunk of Security Bank in the Philippines) to Taiwan, where it handled numerous FIG deals. It was particularly well represented in Australia and Japan.

The bank wasn’t on the biggest of the outbound ChemChina deals from China, but was front and centre in what is arguably a more important (and financially sustainable) trend: SOE reform.

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