Europe’s share of global investment banking fees has fallen to an all-time low, compounding years of decline that have hit the region’s biggest banks.
Thomson Reuters’ data shows that Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA) accounts for just 24 per cent of the global fees for M&A deals, syndicated loans and underwriting paid so far this year. That’s the lowest since Thomson Reuters began collecting the data in 2000 and just a shade ahead of the 23 per cent of fees generated in Asia so far in 2016.
Asia is set to be the standout winner of 2016, with fees rising 5 per cent year on year to their highest level since 2000, fuelled by a 20 per cent rise in fees in China. Americas fees were down 17 per cent in the year to date, but still accounted for 45 per cent of the global tally.