Poll of Polls 2005: Merrill climbs back up the poll
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Poll of Polls 2005: Merrill climbs back up the poll

Euromoney’s annual poll of polls shows that universal banks still dominate overall because of the breadth of their business. But firms such as Barclays Capital, Merrill Lynch and Société Générale are scoring notable successes in their chosen areas. Clive Horwood spoke to their heads of investment banking.

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Poll of polls: Overall
Poll of polls: Underwriting including: Capital raising, Bonds, MTNs, ECP, Equities, Loans
Poll of polls: Advisory including: FX research, Credit research, M&A
Poll of polls: Internet including: MTNs, CP, FX
Poll of polls: Trading including: Capital raising, FX
Poll of polls: Transaction processing including: Cash management, Custodial services
Poll of polls: Methodology

Ten years is a long time in any walk of life, but it’s almost an eternity in the rapidly changing world of investment banking.

Think back to the mid-1990s. Merrill Lynch was the undisputed master of the capital markets universe. The other major investment banks – notably Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley – had a vice-like grip on the securities industry. For European banks generally and universal banks in particular – with the honourable exception of SBC Warburg – challenging the hegemony of these investment banks might have been an ambition, but it was one few outsiders would have believed achievable.

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