Chart of the Week: APAC investment bank fees down 9% in H1

ECM fees fell 42% after a record-setting 2021.

Investment banking fees in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, reached an estimated $15b in the first half of 2022, down 9% compared to the first six months of 2021, according to data compiled by Refinitiv.

Refinitiv attributed this to the region “witnessing the strongest period [in investment banking activities] last year.”

Equity capital markets (ECM) fees fell 42.9% after last year’s best-ever first-half period, for a total of $3.2b.

In contrast, debt capital markets (DCM) underwriting fees rose 13% to $7.9b, surpassing the record set during the first half of 2020. DCM fees accounted for 53% of the APAC investment banking fee pool, whilst ECM underwriting fees accounted for 21.3%.

READ MORE: APAC investment banking fees drops 8.5% in Q1 2022

Fees generated from completed mergers and acquisitions (M&A) hit a four-year high and totalled $1.8b, 10.5% higher than the same period in 2021.

However, by the number of announced deals, Asia M&A fell 22.2% compared to 2021. 

Syndicated loan fees dropped 7.6% and reached $2b.

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