By 15 April, 2016


Investment bankers have started bearing the brunt of the slowdown in IPOs and mergers and acquisitions in India. Investment banking fees in India have declined 37.8 per cent on year-on-year basis, a report says, quoting data from Thomson Reuters. The IPO pipeline has almost fully dried up, while there has been a dip in private equity and M&A deals.

In contrast, investment banking fees have fallen only 19 per cent in the Asia-Pacific region. The fall is more in India because the market is high beta, the report adds, while cross-border volume of M&A deals has declined by 51.1 per cent from the same period last year.

Interestingly, loan syndication grew 66 per cent compared to a 69.4 per cent fall in equity capital market activity. State Bank of India topped the overall i-banking league table with 31 deals amounting to $31.3 million followed by Merrill Lynch with 18 deals worth $26.3 million.

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