UBS was the top advisor in terms of both value and volume, according to GlobalData’s Deals Database with the company advising on 32 deals worth a total of $27.7bn in 2023.

GlobalData lead analyst Aurojyoti Bose commented: “UBS was the top adviser by volume in 2022 as well. Meanwhile, its ranking by value took a massive jump and it went ahead from occupying the 27th position in 2022 to top the chart in 2023.

Bose added: “UBS advised on seven billion-dollar deals, that also included one mega deal valued at more than $10bn. Against this backdrop, UBS registered a 123.5% jump in the total value of deals advised in 2023 compared to 2022.”

JP Morgan was placed second in terms of value, advising on deals worth a total of $26.1bn, followed by Citi, which advised on deals worth $21.8bn.

In fourth place, Gresham Advisory Partners advised on deals worth a total of $20.2bn and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group advised on deals worth a total of $14.6bn.

The top fashion deals in 2023 included luxury fashion company Tapestry buying its rival for $8.5bn, and UK fashion retailer Next ending its recent acquisition spree with the purchase of mid-priced fashion brand Fat Face.

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At the end of 2023, Sri Lankan clothing manufacturer PDS’ subsidiary Norlanka announced it was taking a 26% stake in kidswear maker Noblewear as it looked to broaden its manufacturing footprint in key locations.

Around the same time, Wolverine Worldwide announced the sale of its minority ownership in Merrell and Saucony which owned the Saucony intellectual property in China, to Chinese sportswear manufacturer Xtep for $61m.

Frasers Group has also continued its aggressive expansion with the addition of Matches to its portfolio in a £52m ($65.82m) deal announced at the end of 2023.