Success fee structures for mergers and acquisitions worldwide 2017-2018

This statistic illustrates the advisory fee structures for successful merger and acquisitions according to deal makers worldwide in 2017 and 2018. As can be seen most advisors on merger and acquisition (M&A) deals use either a scaled percentage structure or simple percentage structure.

For a scaled percentage structure the advisor sets a base-level success fee for the initial deal valuation. If the completed deal go over this initial valuation a scaled fee is added. For example if an initial valuation of a deal was set at 50 million dollars and earned a two percent fee, the next ten million may earn 3% and the next ten million may earn 3.5%. Using this structure arguably aligns the investment banker or advisors interests with the seller, rewarding both parties for a higher deal value.

Advisory fee structures for successful mergers and acquisitions (M&A) worldwide in 2017 and 2018*

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Release date

November 2018



Survey time period

May to August 2018

Number of respondents

480 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

investment bankers and M&A advisors

Supplementary notes

* This question was phrased by the source as follows: "How did you structure your success fee?"

** Or close variant.
Figures for 2017 where taken from the previous years survey; 471 respondents in a survey conducted from April to August 2017. Respondent s where either investment bankers or M&A advisors.

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