Top 15 investment banks in the world

Investment banks are businesses that provide a range of financial services to clients, including helping them with mergers and acquisitions and advising on corporate strategy. They also provide research, analysis, and advice to their clients on investments in stocks or bonds.

investment banks can be found in almost every country around the world but they are particularly concentrated in Europe and North America; there are only three other countries where these institutions exist: Japan, India, and Russia).

The Goldman Sachs Group

Goldman Sachs Group is a global financial services firm, providing investment banking, securities, investment management, and other financial services through its primary operating subsidiaries: Goldman Sachs & Co. and Sachs Capital Management. The company has its headquarters in New York City and employs more than 30,000 people worldwide.

In 2010 it had a revenue of $24 billion USD (USD), making it one of the largest investment banks in the world by revenue at that time.

[1] It also had a profit of $701 million USD ($2 billion),

[2] which was higher than any other US bank during that year.

[3] In 2011 the company announced plans to cut thousands more jobs due to lackluster trading results; however this did not affect its growth plans as planned.

JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States and one of the largest banks in the world. The company has a wide range of products and services, including investment banking, commercial banking, consumer lending, private equity financing, asset management, and others. JPMorgan Chase also provides financial advice to corporate clients through its Global Business Services division.

In case you don’t know who JPMorgan Chase is: it’s a major global financial institution that provides loans to businesses across multiple industries including manufacturing (industrial manufacturers), retail (retail stores) or healthcare services providers such as hospitals or physicians’ offices

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Merrill Lynch)

BofA Merrill Lynch is a leading global investment banking and financial services provider. It was formed as a result of the merger between Bank of America and Merrill Lynch in 2009, and it has since grown to become one of the largest investment banks in the world. The company is headquartered in New York City, where it employs over 14,000 people worldwide (including more than 3,700 bankers). BofA Merrill Lynch has offices around the globe including London and Hong Kong but its main operations center resides at 200 West Street between Exchange Place & Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan.

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is a global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services.

It is headquartered at 1585 Broadway in Manhattan, New York City, with offices in more than 42 countries and more than 55,000 employees.


Citigroup is the third largest bank in the United States, with over 200 million customer accounts in more than 140 countries. The company has over 200,000 employees and has a market capitalization of $149 billion.

Citi offers a wide range of financial products and services to individuals, businesses, and governments around the world. It also provides investment banking services through its various subsidiaries including CitiMortgage (mortgage lending), CitiFinancial (retail banking), and Capital One Financial Corporation (credit cards).

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank is a German investment bank with a long history of financial services. It is the largest bank in Germany, with assets of €3 trillion ($3.4 trillion) as of December 2018. Deutsche Bank has offices around the world and offers a wide range of financial services to private and institutional clients including:

  • Private banking
  • Investment banking (hedging, capital raising)
  • Asset management (stocks & bonds)

Barclays Capital

Barclays Capital is a global investment bank and financial services company providing a range of financial services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, and individuals.

Barclays Capital has been incorporated in the UK since 1997. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and it has been listed as one of the world’s most prestigious investment banks by Forbes Magazine since 2008.

UBS Investment Bank

UBS Investment Bank is a division of UBS AG, a Swiss global financial services company. It is the second-largest investment bank in Switzerland.

It was founded in 1919 as an investment bank by Otto C. Gossner and Rudolf Friml, who had both previously worked at Deutsche Bank (DB). In 1933 it merged with Banque de Suisse and became one of the biggest banks in Europe before World War II broke out; however, it lost its headquarters during bombing raids on Zurich on May 10th, 1944. In 1952 it merged with Société Générale to form Societe Generale de Commerce Internationale et de Gestion (SGCI). In 1967 SGCI merged with Crédit Lyonnais to form Crédit Lyonnais & CICG-Banques Populaires Françaises Sncf

Credit Suisse Group

Credit Suisse Group is one of the largest banks in the world, with assets totaling $1.4 trillion as of 2016. It has its headquarters in Zurich and operates through offices in over 50 countries. Credit Suisse offers various financial products to clients including investment banking services, asset management services, and private banking products.

Nomura Securities International Inc. (NSI)

If you’re looking for an investment bank with a long history and plenty of clouts, Nomura Securities International Inc. (NSI) is where it’s at. Founded in 1904 by Takashi Yoshida, who also founded Japan’s largest brokerage firm, Nippon Life Insurance Company (NLI), NSI is one of the oldest investment banking firms in Japan—and one of its largest as well.

In fact, according to Forbes Magazine’s 2019 list of “The World’s Most Powerful People In Finance & Investment Banking,” NSI was ranked 27th on its list—ahead of such giants as Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Co., Credit Suisse Group AG, and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC!

BNP Paribas (BNP)

BNP Paribas is a French multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in Paris, France. It is one of the world’s largest banks and the largest in Europe. The bank was formed through the merger of Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP) and Paribas in 1998.

BNP Paribas has its global headquarters at Boulevard des Italiens, 7th arrondissement, Paris;[3] it also has regional headquarters throughout Europe (including London), Africa, and Asia Pacific regions.[4][5]

RBC Capital Markets

RBC Capital Markets is a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). The company has its headquarters in New York City, with an additional office in Toronto. It manages over $1.2 trillion in assets and employs over 10,000 people worldwide.

RBC Capital Markets offers global investment banking services to clients across sectors including financial institutions, financial sponsors, and other institutional investors; corporations; governments; asset managers/investment managers; insurance companies; pension plans/endowments, etc., as well as high-net-worth individuals who want to invest their wealth on behalf of others or themselves

HSBC Global Banking and Markets

HSBC Global Banking and Markets is a division of HSBC Group, headquartered in London and with offices in over 70 countries. It offers investment banking services and financial advisory services to companies across all sectors. The bank provides corporate finance advice on mergers & acquisitions (M&A), restructuring/restructuring, financing options for companies that do not qualify for government loans or grants, private placement activities such as IPOs or secondary offerings, etc., direct investment opportunities including private equity investments in small-cap stocks through dedicated funds managed by its Private Banking team or direct investments into large corporations via its Investment Funds business line.

The company also provides transaction processing services such as treasury management capabilities through its treasury management platform.

Jefferies LLC

Jefferies LLC is a global financial services firm. Jefferies provides investment banking, equity research, capital markets, and investment management services to both institutional clients and high-net-worth individuals. The company has offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia with more than 500 employees worldwide.

The company was founded in 1871 by James Capen & Company by James Capen who later moved it to New York City where he became one of the first members of what is now known as Wall Street’s “Five Families.”

This is a list of more investment banks in the world.

This is a list of other investment banks in the world. These are the top 5 investment banks in the world, and they are listed in order of importance:

  • Deutsche Bank AG (Germany)
  • Credit Suisse Group AG (Switzerland)
  • Goldman Sachs Group Inc., New York City, NY (US)
  • Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Inc., New York City, NY (US)
  • Barclays PLC London UK / New York City USA; Singapore; Hong Kong; Tokyo Japan; Seoul South Korea


If you’re interested in becoming an investment banker, but don’t know where to start, we recommend that you read our guide on how to get into finance or check out our list of the best MBA programs in finance.

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