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Most Prestigious Banking Firms

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

  • Survey Methodology

    Approximately 3,000 banking professionals filled out Vault's Banking Survey in the spring and summer of 2015. The survey was sent to professionals at more than 85 of the top investment banking firms in the industry. Banking professionals were asked to rate companies with which they were familiar on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most prestigious. They were not allowed to rate their own (or former) employer. Vault averaged the prestige scores for each firm and ranked them in order.

  • Ranking History

2016 Most Prestigious Banking Firms

1
SCORE
8.920

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Goldman Sachs provides a wide range of investment banking, securities, and investment management services to a substantial and diversified client base...

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2015 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.103

Morgan Stanley

New York-headquartered investment banking giant Morgan Stanley is divided into three main businesses: institutional securities, asset management, and...

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2015 Rank
2
3
SCORE
7.902

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan provides asset management, investment banking, treasury and securities services, private banking, and commercial banking services to some of...

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2015 Rank
3
4
SCORE
7.797

Blackstone

Blackstone was founded as an M&A boutique in 1985 by Stephen A. Schwarzman and Peter G. Peterson, two former Lehman Brothers bankers. At Lehman,...

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2015 Rank
3
5
SCORE
7.047

Lazard

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...

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2015 Rank
4
6
SCORE
6.689

Evercore

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

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2015 Rank
6
7
SCORE
6.576

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, operating in more than 50 countries and employing more than 46,000...

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2015 Rank
5
8
SCORE
6.332

Bank of America Corp.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, with customers in more than 150 countries and...

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2015 Rank
10
9
SCORE
6.301

Greenhill & Co., Inc.

Greenhill calls itself "a unique investment banking firm," and to be sure, it follows a model quite unlike the structure of its behemoth...

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2015 Rank
8
10
SCORE
6.181

Barclays Investment Bank (Americas)

Barclays Investment Bank, a core business of Barclays PLC, provides advice, financing, and risk management solutions to companies, governments, and...

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2015 Rank
9
11
SCORE
6.176

Centerview Partners

In 2006, UBS Vice Chairman Blair Effron had dinner with his friend Robert Pruzan, a veteran investment banker and former CEO of Wasserstein...

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2015 Rank
13
12
SCORE
6.167

Deutsche Bank AG

Boasting more than 101,000 employees across over 70 countries, Deutsche Bank truly has a global footprint, with particular strength in Europe and its...

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2015 Rank
7
13
SCORE
6.032

Moelis & Company

Moelis & Company provides financial advisory services to corporations, institutions, and governments worldwide. In addition to New York, Moelis has...

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2015 Rank
11
14
SCORE
5.953

Perella Weinberg Partners

Founded in June 2006 by Joseph Perella, Peter Weinberg and Terry Meguid, Perella Weinberg Partners has two businesses: advisory and asset...

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2015 Rank
12
15
SCORE
5.691

Guggenheim Securities, LLC

Guggenheim Securities is the investment banking arm of Guggenheim Partners, which employs more than 2,500 worldwide and is headquartered in Chicago...

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2015 Rank
16
16
SCORE
5.633

UBS

UBS is one of the world's largest financial firms. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, UBS has offices in over 50 countries and employs approximately...

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2015 Rank
15
17
SCORE
5.550

Jefferies & Company, Inc.

New York-based Jefferies Group, Inc. (widely known as Jefferies) is an independent securities and investment banking firm that was founded more than 50...

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2015 Rank
14
18
SCORE
5.446

Rothschild

Rothschild is one of the world's largest independent merchant and investment banks. Perhaps best known as a high-powered advisor, Rothschild's investment...

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2015 Rank
17
19
SCORE
5.401

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...

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2015 Rank
18
20
SCORE
5.271

Citi Institutional Clients Group

Citi's Institutional Clients Group, the investment banking arm of global financial services company Citigroup Inc., offers a full range of strategic...

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2015 Rank
19
21
SCORE
5.202

Allen & Company LLC

Allen's singular status How is Allen & Company unlike other banks?  Let us count the ways: It has no website, no barrage of press...

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2015 Rank
20
22
SCORE
5.046

Houlihan Lokey

Founded in 1972, investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey employs approximately 1,000 people worldwide. Although it's best known as a middle-market...

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2015 Rank
23
23
SCORE
5.041

Qatalyst Partners

The firm that Frank built Founded by Frank Quattrone in 2008, Qatalyst Partners is a boutique advisory firm that focuses on M&A deals in the...

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2015 Rank
21
24
SCORE
4.751

RBC Capital Markets

RBC Capital Markets provides investment banking products and services to institutions, corporations, governments, and high-net-worth clients around the...

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2015 Rank
22
25
SCORE
4.616

Oppenheimer & Co.

Back to Fahnestock Oppenheimer & Co. is a New York City-based investment bank that provides financial services and advice to high-net-worth...

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2015 Rank
24
26
SCORE
4.471

HSBC North America Holdings

North American arm As its name implies, HSBC North America Holdings contains the U.S. and Canadian businesses of London-based HSBC (the name's...

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2015 Rank
26
27
SCORE
4.457

Nomura Holdings, Inc.

From Tokyo to the world Based in Tokyo, Nomura Holdings is Japan's largest securities group.  In the Americas, the bank operates through...

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2015 Rank
27
28
SCORE
4.444

Macquarie Group (U.S.)

Born in '69 Macquarie's origins date back to 1969, when three men founded Hill Samuel Australia bank in Sydney, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.K....

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2015 Rank
25
29
SCORE
4.424

William Blair

William Blair is an employee-owned investment banking and asset management firm founded in 1935 and headquartered in Chicago. In total, it has 13 offices...

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2015 Rank
34
30
SCORE
4.381

BMO Capital Markets

North American leaders A division of BMO Financial Group, BMO Capital Markets offers a full range of wholesale banking services, including advisory,...

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2015 Rank
29
31
SCORE
4.359

Piper Jaffray Companies

Beyond Minneapolis Piper Jaffray focuses on investment banking, asset management, institutional brokerage, and equity research. Headquartered...

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2015 Rank
30
32
SCORE
4.329

BNP Paribas USA

Leader of the pack BNP Paribas is the largest bank in France and the fifth largest in the world based on annual revenue.  In 2008, BNP...

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2015 Rank
28
33
SCORE
4.277

Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

No. 1 on Wall Street Created by the $17.6 billion merger of Mellon Financial Corporation and The Bank of New York Company in July 2007, The Bank of...

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2015 Rank
31
34
SCORE
4.242

Peter J. Solomon Company

Peter J. Solomon opened his eponymous Manhattan firm in 1989. Before striking out on his own, the Harvard-educated Solomon had spent many years at Lehman...

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2015 Rank
38
35
SCORE
4.203

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...

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2015 Rank
33
36
SCORE
4.150

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...

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2015 Rank
32
37
SCORE
4.102

Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird)

Robert W. Baird & Co. (better known as Baird) offers wealth management, capital markets, asset management, and private equity capital to clients...

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2015 Rank
37
38
SCORE
4.062

Cantor Fitzgerald

One of the last of its kind Founded in 1945, Cantor Fitzgerald is one of the last private investment banks on Wall Street. Since its founding, the New...

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2015 Rank
39
39
SCORE
4.061

Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC

I-banking Texas style Founded by a former Goldman Sachs banker, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. is an investment banking and asset management firm...

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2015 Rank
47
40
SCORE
4.048

KPMG Corporate Finance

Not just audit KPMG Corporate Finance LLC, a member of FINRA (Financial Industrial Regulatory Authority) and registered as a broker dealer with the SEC,...

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2015 Rank
40
41
SCORE
4.043

PwC Corporate Finance

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2015 Rank
42
42
SCORE
4.041

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...

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2015 Rank
35
43
SCORE
4.005

Brown Brothers Harriman

What, me worry? North America's oldest and largest partner-owned and managed bank, Brown Brothers Harriman has seven offices in the U.S. and...

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2015 Rank
36
44
SCORE
3.973

Raymond James Financial, Inc.

Financial Floridians Founded in 1962, Florida-based Raymond James Financial (RJF) is one of the largest financial services firms in the U.S., with 2,300...

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2015 Rank
41
45
SCORE
3.905

Cowen Group, Inc.

Cowen Group, Inc. is a diversified financial services company focused on active management and alpha generation. It has two main business units: Cowen...

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2015 Rank
43
46
SCORE
3.846

EY LLP (Financial Advisory Services)

Big 4 banking EY Capital Advisors LLC is the broker-dealer affiliate of EY LLP, one of the so-called Big 4 professional services firms. Through this...

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2015 Rank
50
47
SCORE
3.761

Stifel Financial Corp.

A steady powerhouse Stifel Financial is a St. Louis-headquartered investment bank that focuses on providing financial services to...

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2015 Rank
48
48
SCORE
3.662

LionTree Advisors, LLC

Lion Tree Advisors is a boutique investment bank founded by two ex-UBS bankers: Ehren Stenzler and Aryeh Bourkoff. Based in New York, the firm was...

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2015 Rank
NR
49
SCORE
3.637

Lloyds Banking Group PLC

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

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2015 Rank
NR
50
SCORE
3.628

Sandler O'Neill + Partners L.P.

Focused on financials A privately-owned investment bank, Sandler O'Neill focuses exclusively on the financial services sector: its client...

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2015 Rank
44