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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

    The Vault Guide to the Top 50 Banking Firms rates more than 80 top investment banking firms in the industry. We chose these firms based on previous industry insider opinion as well as various factual data, including size in terms of employees and annual U.S. revenue. The firms we identified were asked to distribute our online survey to their investment banking employees. The survey consisted of questions about life at the firm (or former firm) and a prestige rating. Participants 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.

    For those companies that opted not to distribute the survey, Vault sought contacts at the firm through other sources. Those banking professionals took the same survey as the employees at firms that participated.

    Approximately 3,000 banking professionals filled out Vault's Banking Survey in the spring and summer of 2013. Vault averaged the prestige scores for each firm and ranked them in order.

  • Ranking History

2014 Most Prestigious Banking Firms

1
SCORE
8.878

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

2013 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.091

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

2013 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.037

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,...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
4
4
SCORE
7.841

Morgan Stanley

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

TRENDING

2013 Rank
3
5
SCORE
6.825

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

2013 Rank
7
6
SCORE
6.627

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

2013 Rank
5
7
SCORE
6.461

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

2013 Rank
8
8
SCORE
6.408

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

2013 Rank
11
9
SCORE
6.255

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

2013 Rank
10
10
SCORE
6.252

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

2013 Rank
6

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