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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 75 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 3,500 banking professionals filled out Vault's 2012 Banking Survey in the spring of 2012. Vault averaged the prestige scores for each firm and ranked them in order.

  • Ranking History

2013 Most Prestigious Banking Firms

1
SCORE
8.784

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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2012 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.279

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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2012 Rank
4
3
SCORE
8.081

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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2012 Rank
2
4
SCORE
7.739

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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2012 Rank
3
5
SCORE
7.003

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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2012 Rank
6
6
SCORE
6.836

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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2012 Rank
7
7
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...

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2012 Rank
5
8
SCORE
6.571

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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2012 Rank
8
9
SCORE
6.087

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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2012 Rank
12
10
SCORE
6.007

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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2012 Rank
9
11
SCORE
5.827

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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2012 Rank
11
12
SCORE
5.750

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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2012 Rank
10
13
SCORE
5.669

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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2012 Rank
13
14
SCORE
5.478

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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2012 Rank
15
15
SCORE
5.249

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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2012 Rank
14
16
SCORE
5.160

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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2012 Rank
16
17
SCORE
5.137

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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2012 Rank
18
18
SCORE
5.073

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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2012 Rank
21
19
SCORE
4.982

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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2012 Rank
17
20
SCORE
4.915

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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2012 Rank
19
21
SCORE
4.910

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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2012 Rank
20
22
SCORE
4.794

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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2012 Rank
30
23
SCORE
4.573

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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2012 Rank
24
24
SCORE
4.494

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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2012 Rank
23
25
SCORE
4.487

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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2012 Rank
28
26
SCORE
4.458

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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2012 Rank
29
27
SCORE
4.448

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

2012 Rank
27
28
SCORE
4.421

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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2012 Rank
25
29
SCORE
4.322

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
32
30
SCORE
4.239

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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2012 Rank
22
31
SCORE
4.235

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
26
32
SCORE
4.051

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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2012 Rank
34
33
SCORE
4.019

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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2012 Rank
35
34
SCORE
3.992

Piper Jaffray Companies

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

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2012 Rank
31
35
SCORE
3.933

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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2012 Rank
33
36
SCORE
3.876

Lloyds Banking Group PLC

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
36
37
SCORE
3.785

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
38
38
SCORE
3.779

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
37
39
SCORE
3.628

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

A little piece of France Headquartered in Paris, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB) is a business unit of French banking giant Credit...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
47
40
SCORE
3.609

Standard Chartered Bank (North America)

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

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
41
SCORE
3.584

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
45
42
SCORE
3.576

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
40
43
SCORE
3.565

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
42
44
SCORE
3.505

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...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
39
45
SCORE
3.503

Gleacher & Company, Inc.

New York boutique Gleacher & Company is a New York-based boutique investment bank whose most recent incarnation was formed in June 2009...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
46
46
SCORE
3.493

Morgan Keegan & Co., Inc.

Out of the South Morgan Keegan is the brokerage and investment banking arm of Regions Financial Corporation, one of the top 12 bank holding companies in...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
44
47
SCORE
3.407

Miller Buckfire & Co. LLC

Henry and Kenny The Miller and Buckfire in the firm's name come from the first monikers of two of its founders: Henry S. Miller and Kenneth...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
41
48
SCORE
3.396

Keefe Bruyette & Woods, Inc.

Preferred banker to financial services firms Founded in 1962, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods is a New York-headquartered investment bank that specializes...

TRENDING

2012 Rank
NR
49
SCORE
3.355

TD Securities

One of the biggest With its feet planted firmly on Canadian soil and its headquarters in Toronto, TD Securities is the wholesale banking arm of TD Bank...

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2012 Rank
NR
50
SCORE
3.341

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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2012 Rank
NR