Top Ranked

Most Prestigious Banking Firms in Europe

Banking professionals across Europe rank the prestige of the firms that they compete against.

  • Survey Methodology

    Participants in Vault's 2011 Banking Survey were asked to rate companies with which they were familiar on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most prestigious. Participants were not allowed to rate their own employer. Vault averaged the prestige scores for each firm and ranked them in order.

  • Ranking History

2013 Most Prestigious Banking Firms in Europe

1
SCORE
8.826

Goldman Sachs & Co. (Europe)

Wall Street's No. 1 dealmaker  Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of investment banking, securities, and investment management services to a...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.600

J.P. Morgan (Europe)

Part of a giant J.P. Morgan is part of New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co., a financial services firm with $2.4 trillion in assets...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.081

Morgan Stanley (Europe)

The firm that Henry and Harold built New York-headquartered investment banking giant Morgan Stanley is divided into three main businesses:...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
3
4
SCORE
7.558

Deutsche Bank AG (Europe)

All around the world Boasting nearly 97,000 employees across more than 70 countries, Deutsche Bank truly has a global footprint, with...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
4
5
SCORE
7.270

Barclays PLC

TRENDING

2012 Rank
6
6
SCORE
7.267

Credit Suisse (Europe)

International player  Credit Suisse Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, operating in more than 50 countries and...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
5
7
SCORE
6.914

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Europe)

Beyond America Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving customers in more than 150 countries. The company has...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
7
8
SCORE
6.845

UBS AG (Europe)

Swiss giant UBS AG is one of the world's largest financial firms. Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland, UBS AG has offices in over 50...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
8
9
SCORE
6.809

Citigroup Inc. (Europe)

Big Citi  Citi Institutional Clients Group, one of the main units of global banking behemoth Citigroup Inc., offers a full range of investment...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
10
10
SCORE
6.715

The Blackstone Group (Europe)

TRENDING

2012 Rank
9
11
SCORE
6.648

HSBC Holdings plc

The big one   HSBC Holdings is one of the largest financial services firms in the world. Headquartered in London, the global banking group has...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
12
12
SCORE
6.352

Rothschild (Europe)

Family business The investment banking arm of the family-owned Rothschild Group, Rothschild has been serving governments, corporations, and...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
11
13
SCORE
6.193

Lazard Europe

Founded in 1848, Lazard has advised on some of the most significant mergers and acquisitions in Europe and the Americas since the beginning of the 20th...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
14
14
SCORE
6.137

BNP Paribas SA

For a changing world BNP Paribas, which bills itself as "the bank for a changing world," is one of the largest and most successful banks...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
13
15
SCORE
5.697

Nomura International Plc (Europe)

From Tokyo to the world Nomura International plc is the U.K.-based subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest securities group. Its 190 offices...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
16
16
SCORE
5.657

Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking

A bank decreed Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking is part of the French banking giant Société Générale, which was formed by a...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
17
SCORE
5.405

Standard Chartered Bank

A truly international investment bank Standard Chartered PLC was created in 1969 by the merger of the Standard Bank of British South Africa and the...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
17
18
SCORE
5.305

ING Group

Dutch giant The Amsterdam-based ING Groep offers customers across five continents a wide range of banking, investment management, and insurance...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
19
19
SCORE
5.209

Jefferies International Limited (Europe)

A firm on the rise Jefferies International Limited is the U.K.-incorporated and wholly-owned subsidiary of New York-based Jefferies LLC, a...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
24
20
SCORE
5.183

Banco Santander S.A.

An equilibrium of businesses The Madrid-based Banco Santander is one of the largest banks in the world. It has nearly 171,000 employees, more than...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
21
20
SCORE
5.183

Macquarie Group Europe

Made in Australia Although the Australian banking and financial services giant Macquarie Group Limited has had a presence in London since the 1980s,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
22
21
SCORE
5.152

Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC

Well connected Deloitte Corporate Finance LLC (DCF) is a registered broker dealer that offers investment banking advisory services to large and...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
22
SCORE
5.070

Credit Agricole SA

French farmers France's Crédit Agricole SA built its sound reputation and support base by lending to farmers, and today it operates one of the largest...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
18
23
SCORE
5.014

Wells Fargo & Company

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo ushered in a new era of banking in 2008 when it merged with commercial banking giant Wachovia, creating the fourth...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
24
SCORE
4.894

Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

Royal in name and lineage The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) serves more than 40 million individuals and institutions through 30 different...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
25
SCORE
4.888

Commerzbank

Bright lights, big cities Throughout its 145-year history, the German bank Commerzbank has moved its headquarters three times. It relocated from its...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
20
26
SCORE
4.796

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Very big in Japan The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ is the largest bank in Japan. It is the main subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
27
SCORE
4.742

Lloyds Banking Group PLC (Europe)

Dropping the TSB London-based Lloyds Banking Group operates through four main business units: retail, wholesale, insurance, and wealth...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
28
SCORE
4.681

RBC Capital Markets (Europe)

Royalty in its blood RBC Capital Markets provides investment banking products and services to institutions, corporations, governments,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
25
29
SCORE
4.433

UniCredit S.p.A

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
30
SCORE
4.291

Mizuho Financial Group

Part of Japan's second largest Mizuho Corporate Bank is the corporate and investment banking unit of Mizuho Financial Group, Japan's second-largest...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
31
SCORE
4.284

National Australia Bank

Representing Australia National Australia Bank (NAB) represents Australia for National Australia Bank Group, an international financial...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
32
SCORE
4.159

Rabobank Group

Let's cooperate Utrecht, Netherlands-based Rabobank has a reputation for working with the agricultural and food industry sectors-and it's no...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
33
SCORE
4.132

Natixis S.A.

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
34
SCORE
4.098

Danske Bank

The Great Dane Founded in 1871 by a saddle-maker who later became a talented broker, as Den Danske Landmandsbank, today's Danske Bank stands among the...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
35
SCORE
4.055

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

The big Italian Italy's largest banking group Intesa Sanpaolo is the fruit of the 2007 merger between then-major Italian banks Banca Intesa...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
36
SCORE
4.028

Evercore

Founded in 1995 by Blackstone and U.S. Treasury veteran Roger Altman, independent investment banking advisory firm Evercore went public in August 2006...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
37
SCORE
3.968

BBVA S.A.

A bank for leaders BBVA's roots stretch back more than 150 years, and today it's one of the 30 largest financial institutions in the world, operating...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
38
SCORE
3.864

Mediobanca S.p.A.

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2012 Rank
NR
39
SCORE
3.823

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Wholesale Banking Division) (Europe)

THE SCOOP The Great Canadian bank Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is one of the largest banks in Canada and commonly referred to as simply,...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
40
SCORE
3.803

KBC Group NV

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
41
SCORE
3.745

ABN AMRO

The deal of a lifetime? In January 2007, ABN AMRO sold its ABN AMRO Mortgage Group (a subsidiary of subsidiary LaSalle Bank) to Citigroup. Under...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
42
SCORE
3.726

Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. KgaA

Over two centuries of Oppenheims One of Europe's largest independent banking groups, Luxembourg-based Sal. Oppenheim has 4,330 employees in 30...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
43
SCORE
3.677

Lexicon Partners

One office, three sectors, six principles The small, closely-held Lexicon Partners is relatively young. It was formed in 2000 as an independent...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
44
SCORE
3.674

WestLB AG

Shifting structures The "LB" in WestLB"'s name stands for Landesbank, a term used to describe a particular class of regional wholesale banks owned...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
45
SCORE
3.665

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2012 Rank
NR
46
SCORE
3.577

Dexia SA

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2012 Rank
NR
47
SCORE
3.522

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2012 Rank
NR
48
SCORE
3.469

Credit Industriel et Commercial SA

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
49
SCORE
3.440

OCBC Group

Singapore's longest established local bank Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), which bills itself as "Singapore's longest established local...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
50
SCORE
3.393

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Beyond Canada Canaccord Genuity is a global investment banking firm headquartered in Canada. The firm has offices in 11 countries throughout North...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR

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