Late Lunchtime Links: This merely confirms that M&A bankers are best off in boutiques

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Yesterday it became apparent that EADS and BAE Systems are in 'advanced talks' to seal a £29bn merger. Such a deal might generate fees of around 0.2% of its value - equivalent to around £58m.

So, who is advising on this mega-deal? Is it the mega-banks? Yes. And no.

BAE is being advised by Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. But it is also being advised by Gleacher Shacklock. EADS is being advised by BNP Paribas and Lazard. But it is also being advised by Evercore.

As Breaking Views notes, the boutiques are in on the act because they have the relationships. "Advisers such as Evercore’s Bernard Taylor and Gleacher Shacklock’s Tim Shacklock have been counselling these companies for donkey’s years," Breaking Views points out.

As Anshu Jain said earlier this week and as we noted yesterday, M&A bankers in big banks are a cost centre. M&A bankers demand high pay even when M&A revenues aren't forthcoming and unfortunately FICC businesses can no longer subsidise them. By comparison, large boutiques like Evercore have a far leaner cost base and are performing well even in this market.  The downside to working in a lean boutique is always that as a junior you will be worked even harder than in an investment bank. The upside is that you'll get better exposure to landmark deals. And if you're a senior banker you'll get to eat a lot more of what you kill and won't be compelled to cross-sell cash management systems.


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There seems something suspect about the Economist’s MBA rankings. (Poets and quants)

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