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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 2,400 banking professionals filled out Vault's Banking Survey in the spring and summer of 2017. 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

2018 Most Prestigious Banking Firms

1
SCORE
8.960

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

2017 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.177

Morgan Stanley

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.036

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

2017 Rank
3
4
SCORE
6.942

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

2017 Rank
4
5
SCORE
6.933

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

2017 Rank
5
6
SCORE
6.778

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

2017 Rank
6
7
SCORE
6.208

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

2017 Rank
7
8
SCORE
6.206

Moelis & Company

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
10
9
SCORE
6.154

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

2017 Rank
9
10
SCORE
6.085

Perella Weinberg Partners

Founded in June 2006 by Joseph Perella, Peter Weinberg and Terry Meguid, Perella Weinberg Partners provides advisory, asset management, and energy...

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2017 Rank
13
11
SCORE
6.066

Bank of America Corp.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America is one of the world's largest and most prestigious financial institutions, serving individual...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
8
12
SCORE
5.985

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

2017 Rank
11
13
SCORE
5.661

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

2017 Rank
14
14
SCORE
5.645

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

2017 Rank
19
15
SCORE
5.593

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

2017 Rank
17
16
SCORE
5.591

PJT Partners

PJT Partners is an advisory-focused investment bank headquartered in New York. The firm was created in October 2015 after Blackstone's advisory...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
21
17
SCORE
5.551

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

2017 Rank
16
18
SCORE
5.473

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

2017 Rank
18
19
SCORE
5.440

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...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
22
20
SCORE
5.367

Deutsche Bank AG

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
12
20
SCORE
5.367

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

2017 Rank
15
22
SCORE
5.234

Houlihan Lokey

Founded in 1972, investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey employs approximately 1,200 people worldwide. Although it's best known as an advisor to...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
23
23
SCORE
4.844

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

2017 Rank
20
24
SCORE
4.626

RBC Capital Markets

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
24
25
SCORE
4.408

Macquarie Group (U.S.)

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
26
26
SCORE
4.392

William Blair

William Blair's investment banking group enables corporations, financial sponsors, owner/entrepreneurs, and governments around the world to achieve their...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
25
27
SCORE
4.391

Piper Jaffray Companies

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
29
28
SCORE
4.353

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,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
28
29
SCORE
4.334

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...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
31
30
SCORE
4.235

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...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
37
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