C Suisse Surprisingly Strong

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Swiss financial giant Credit Suisse and relative newcomer LionTree Advisors are putting up some surprisingly strong numbers early in Wall Street’s investment banking leagues.

The New York Post reports that LionTree, run by former UBS rainmaker Aryeh Bourkoff, is ranked seventh on the coveted merger and acquisition rankings in the US, with some $18.2bn in transactions, including Liberty Global’s $23bn bid to acquire Virgin Media, according to Thomson Reuters.

The investment boutique is in its first year of operation, after Bourkoff hung out his own shingle in July.

By comparison, Bourkoff’s former firm, UBS, which has been slashing staff in droves, ranks 18th in the overall M&A tables through February 22nd.

Meanwhile, leading the technology 'league tables' is Credit Suisse, which has bagged some choice deals, including advising private-equity firm Silver Lake on its bid to purchase PC-maker Dell.

This time last year, Credit Suisse was an also-ran, languishing at No. 25 in US tech M&A, according to Thomson Reuters.

In the meantime, Reuters reports that the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey is investigating Credit Suisse over mortgage-backed securities packaged and sold by the bank, according to people familiar with the matter.

U.S. Attorney's Offices in other districts are focusing on other banks in related investigations, said the people, who were not authorized to speak publicly. It was unclear how many U.S. Attorneys were involved.

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