What this means is that come next year, or when the deal markets come back, the all important merger and acquisition league tables will look a lot different than they have in years past. Already, the first quarter 2009 table has given a preview of what the future might look like, with the boutique bank Evercore ranking No. 7 in announced U.S. M&A deal volume, up from No. 16 in the 2008 first quarter, and fellow advisory boutique Rothschild ranking No. 10, up from No. 18.
As further evidence of the strengthening of the middle market, Centerview Partners (the firm who nabbed the three mentioned above) just announced it's opening two new offices: one in San Francisco and one in London.
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