INVESTMENT BANKING FEES HIT 10 YEAR HIGH – The fees collected globally by IBs for tasks such as M&A, have amounted to $50.1bn in the first half of 2017, a 16.6% rise on last years fees. In Europe the fees increased by 22.3%, standing second to Japan where fees saw increases of 59.6%. The only region that saw a decrease in IB fees was the Middle East and Africa where they fell by 0.6%. In the UK, IBs pocketed $2.65bn, up 7.9%. US banking veterans JP Morgan made the most money bringing home $3.4bn, with the total fees paid in the US sitting at $21.68bn. #SpartanInternational