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Goldman reigns again in record M&A year

It is adviser for deals worth US$1.7 trillion and retains No 1 spot despite losing several veterans

Goldman's ubiquitous role in finance prompted Rolling Stone to famously declare in 2010 that the bank was "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity". Yet its prestige and partnership culture is enough to retain many bankers even at the prospect of higher pay elsewhere.

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AS iconic brands are snapped up and corporations merged and swallowed in a record-breaking whirl of deals, there has been one constant: Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The Wall Street firm is once again top dog in the global M&A rankings, having advised on transactions worth