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Awards for excellence - Best M&A house

Awards for Excellence 2005

Goldman Sachs

Goldman continues to win more business than its rivals in a highly competitive market

Gordon Dyal

Goldman Sachs has been beset with controversy regarding its mergers and acquisitions franchise in recent months (see North America awards section), but that hasn't affected the kudos of the Goldman brand when it comes to advisory services or the rock-solid strength of its client relationships.

These are the key drivers that have allowed the bank to take the global M&A prize once again. Goldman has a 29.8% market share for global completed deals over this period and a 28.4% market share for announced deals. "We've always aimed to have a balanced franchise," says Gordon Dyal, global head of mergers and acquisitions at the firm. "We're focused on being the leaders in Europe and the US, across all industries and to be a major player in the increased private-equity flows we're seeing in the market at the moment."

Dyal says that Goldman has an old-fashioned relationship-driven business but points out that the bank has also been involved in some highly complex transactions involving financing, hedging and considerable sector expertise.

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