And will 2011 be the year of the banker?
Rainmaking, as defined by Wikipedia refers to the act of attempting to artificially induce or increase precipitation, usually to stave off drought. This is usually done by cloud seeding, dances, or prayer.
But this is Wall Street Oasis, we do a different kind of rain dancing here.
Institutional Investor magazine has released their Rainmakers of the Year list and surprise, surprise, the top two came from boutiques.
Blair Effron of Centerview topped the list after advising PepsiCo on a $15.5 billion buyback, followed by Antonio Weiss of, who did the Kraft-Cadbury takeover.
The's then came in starting with James Lee Jr. of while surprisingly, Pawan Tewari of Goldman's group came in at 8th, behind Ben Druskin of at 4th and Eduardo Mestre of at 7th.
SoTMT or bust?
Anyway, here's the list:
Another interesting notion was their outlook on 2011, especially when you compare it to S&T as they did.
Perhaps just as important, life has gotten more difficult for the securities trader, the rainmaker's perennial rival for power and influence on Wall Street.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act appears destined to curb the decadelong dominance of traders and push old-fashioned relationship banking to the forefront.
"Twenty-eleven is going to be an action-packed year... Our anticipation is for deal volume to grow up to 15 percent, to reach a total of $3 trillion or more."
"With record levels of cash on corporations' balance sheets and historically attractive debt markets with record-low interest rates, all of the catalysts to do deals are in place for a strengthening M&A market."
With the Volcker Rule putting the good year to be a banker.and with Rubinstein and Schwarzman saying that buyouts should be picking up next year, all signs point to 2011 being a
How about you guys?
What do you see in the coming year?
Will the bankers take over the bonus pool over the traders?
What's on the horizon for S&T?
Either way, here's to all that deal flow translating into more jobs for the prospective monkeys out there.
Have a good one WSO.