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December 5, 2016

A Deep Dive Into 2016 Investment Banking Fees

by Lucille Jones.

With the end of the year approaching, Thomson Reuters Deals Intelligence and Freeman Consulting Services, explore the global investment banking fees landscape, the highs, the lows and how 2016 compares to previous years.

Key Facts & Figures

EMEA Share of Global IB Fees At All-Time Low As Asia Fees Hit Record High

Global investment banking fees from completed M&A advisory, capital markets underwriting and syndicated lending total US$73.7 billion so far during 2016, 11% less than the value recorded during the same period in 2015 and the lowest year-to-date total since 2012.


  • Fees earned in the Americas have fallen 17% year-to-date to $38.4 billion.  They account for 52% of global IB fees earned so far this year, a 5-year low.
  • EMEA fees total US$18.0 billion so far this year, 12% less than at this time last year.  EMEA fees account for 24% of this year’s global investment banking fee pool, the lowest year-to-date share since our records began in 2000.  EMEA fee share hit an all-time year-to-date high in 2008 at 37%.
  • Fees earned in Asia total US$17.3 billion so far this year, up 5% from last year to the highest year-to-date total since our records began in 2000.  China dominated with US$8.8 billion, up 29% from last year.  Asia’s share of YTD global IB fees has increased from a low of 10% in 2001 to 23% so far this year.
  • US Banks take the top 5 positions in the year-to-date global investment banking fee ranking. These top 5 banks saw their aggregate fee share fall from 44.3% in 2001 to a low of 28.3% in 2010. After reclaiming their fee share for three years to 2013, they saw their share decline to 28.6% year-to-date.


JP Morgan takes the top spot for global investment banking fees earned so far during 2016 with US$5.1 billion, or a 6.9% share of the total fee pool.

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