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Nomura regains crown as Japan's top M&A adviser

Major all-domestic deals and streamlining push give local players an edge

Nomura Securities had fallen to fifth place in the M&A advisory ranking in 2018 before retaking the lead thanks to its involvement in such deals as the Yahoo Japan-Line merger.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Nomura Securities edged out Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities to retake the lead in Japan's ranking of mergers and acquisitions advisers in 2019, as big domestic deals boosted Japanese players in a field that had been dominated by foreign rivals.

Japanese businesses were involved in 3,728 M&A transactions last year, the second-highest number ever, according to Refinitiv. While the total value declined from 2018 -- a year that saw such blockbuster deals as Takeda Pharmaceutical's $62 billion acquisition of Irish drugmaker Shire -- it was still up about 60% from 2017.

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