Top Ranked

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 2016. 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

2017 Most Prestigious Banking Firms

1
SCORE
8.866

Goldman Sachs & Co.

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.093

Morgan Stanley

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
2
3
SCORE
7.990

J.P. Morgan

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
3
4
SCORE
6.936

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
5
5
SCORE
6.856

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

2016 Rank
6
6
SCORE
6.527

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
11
7
SCORE
6.269

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse Group is one of the world's largest financial services providers. It offers clients expertise in the areas of private banking, investment...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
7
8
SCORE
6.190

Bank of America Corp.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, with operations in more than 35 countries and...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
8
9
SCORE
6.141

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
9
10
SCORE
6.074

Moelis & Company

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
13
11
SCORE
6.058

Barclays Investment Bank (Americas)

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
10
12
SCORE
5.821

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Bank truly has a global footprint, with particular strength in Europe and its homeland of Germany. With roots that date back to 1870, Deutsche...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
12
13
SCORE
5.745

Perella Weinberg Partners

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
14
14
SCORE
5.604

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
15
15
SCORE
5.550

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
16
16
SCORE
5.401

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
20
17
SCORE
5.373

Qatalyst Partners

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
23
18
SCORE
5.355

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
17
19
SCORE
5.354

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
18
20
SCORE
5.263

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

2016 Rank
19

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