Merrill Lynch wins TSMC placement

The US investment bank has broken Goldman''s long stranglehold over TSMC business with its winning bid and completion of a 14 million ADR placement.

In a closely fought fight between 10 banks Wednesday night, Merrill Lynch has won the books for a block sale of TSMC shares held by the National Development Fund, after pitching a razor thin discount to the stock's previous sale. Having submitted a $20.80 bid, at a 0.86% discount to Tuesday's $20.98 ADR close, the bank just pipped Goldman Sachs, which is believed to have bid only marginally behind.

Merrill's is likely to view this as a major coup, comments one observer. It's a client they've been desperately trying to break into for some time.

For Goldman, on the other hand, the loss of the deal is likely to...

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