Buoyed by a recovery in equity issuance, global investment banking fees rose 16 by per cent to an estimated $104 billion in 2017, the Media data shows.
This is the highest level since its records began in 2000.
The rebound in fees to above pre-crisis highs will be welcome news for global advisors who complain they are being squeezed by regulatory requirements amid competition from boutique players.
Following a downbeat 2016, investment banking fees for equity products rose 41.5 per cent to $22 billion on an issuance recovery.
Fees for bonds beat mergers and acquisitions as the number one product, rising almost 15 per cent to $31 billion.
Japan Post Holdings Company Limited, the biggest follow-on offering of the year, and Japanese SoftBank Group Corp, which agreed to buy a large number of shares of Uber Technologies Inc in late December, were the biggest corporate clients of 2017 – paying out $382 and $378 million, respectively.
Japan saw 50 per cent rise in total fees to $5.5billion
Blackstone Group was the biggest financial sponsor fee payer, shelling out $679 million, an increase of 87 per cent over the previous year.
JP Morgan was the biggest global investment banking earner of the year once again, racking up an estimated $6.7 billion in fees.