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Asian M&A rankings: Deutsche upturns the M&A order

Bank nears top slot after years outside top 10; BofA, StanChart beat Goldman, Stanley

Gordon Paterson thinks Deutsche’s Asia coverage is nearly there

Gordon Paterson thinks Deutsche’s Asia coverage is nearly there

Deutsche Bank has risen to a top spot on the league table for announced M&A in Asia excluding Japan after years outside the top 10. The firm is the number-one adviser on announced deals excluding Japan on Thomson Financial’s table and is second according to Dealogic’s criteria. Perhaps happier about the news than anyone is Gordon Paterson, head of M&A at Deutsche Bank since 2007. Paterson was hired from Citi, where he held the same title, to build up Deutsche Bank’s Asia M&A capabilities. The firm has historically struggled in the market, failing to make league table top 10s and being viewed in the words of one competitor as "a massive underperformer relative to its strengths in other asset classes, such as FX and fixed income".

Deutsche Bank has been building its team in the region since 2007 with a string of hires: this year they include Richard Gibb, formerly of Merrill Lynch, as co-head of FIG Asia, and YB Kwon of UBS, who covers Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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