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2021 Vault Rankings

At a Glance


"Friendly people"

"Communicative and helpful managers"


"Women are still outnumbered in the workplace"

"Employees often work Sundays or Saturdays"

The Buzz

"Growing presence in the US"

"Still trying to find its way in the US; unclear if US build-out will succeed"

"Trying to expand"

"Struggling to establish itself"

About 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 Samuel & Co Ltd. The bank grew quickly thanks to its expertise in a diverse range of financial services and products.  It wasn't until the 1980s, 15 years after Hill Samuel was first established in Australia, that the bank's directors decided to restructure their firm into an Australian trading bank; they received government approval to do so in February 1985. At that time, they renamed the bank Macquarie after the popular early Aussie governor, Lachlan Macquarie (1761-1824), who is fondly remembered for figuring out how to solve the then looming problem of a currency shortage by purchasing Spanish silver dollars and punching out their centers to create two new coins, the Holey Dollar and the dump, ingeniously increasing their worth, while doubling the number of coins in circulation. This prevented currency leaving the British colony. Hill Samuel's directors chose the Holey Dollar as the logo to represent their new banking entity, as they regarded Governor Macquarie's ingenious creation of the Holey Dollar as the ultimate inspired solution to a difficult problem.

Today, most of the bank's business in the U.S. is carried out through its subsidiary, Macquarie Securities (USA) Inc. Its business lines include commodity and energy markets, debt markets, electricity trading, emerging markets, energy capital, institutional stockbroking and research, natural gas trading, private equity funds management, real estate capital, real estate structured finance, residential community development and residential mortgages.

There's also Macquarie Capital Advisors, which handles mergers and acquisitions and restructuring advisory services in nine industry groups: infrastructure and utilities, natural resources, health care, security and defense, transportation, financial services, retail and consumer products, oil and gas and telecommunications, media, entertainment and technology (TMET).

Macquarie Capital Funds manages listed and unlisted investment vehicles; Macquarie Electronics (USA) provides lease financing, used equipment sourcing and remarketing services to the electronics manufacturing industry; and Macquarie Equipment Finance provides IT finance, services and logistics.

Macquarie Group (U.S.)

125 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 231-1000

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Public
Stock Symbol: MQG
Stock Exchange: ASX
CEO: Shemara Wikramanayake
2019 Employees (All Locations): 15,715