Guess who followed closely.
According to the Asia Pacific M&A Preliminary Review for First Half of 2014 by Thomson Reuters, Goldman Sachs captured 9.8 percent market share with US$8.6 billion worth of related proceeds, a 3.9 percent increase compared to the first half of 2013.
Meanwhile, UBS and Citi round out the top three with 5.9 percent and 5.6 percent market share, respectively.
A separate section of the same report noted that proceeds from equity and equity-linked transactions listed in Asia Pacific totaled US$87.5 billion in the first half of 2014, a 2 percent drop from the first half of 2013 (US$89.3 billion).
The section also noted that the lowest first half period since 2012 when proceeds feel to US$82.7 billion.
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