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Good question. There are lots of investment banks out there. Some that you have heard of and some that you haven't. In To Become an Investment Banker, I take you through some criteria that you should look at in deciding where to apply:
- Deal flow
- Size of the firm by employees or market cap
- The product focus of the firm
- The geographical locations of the firm
- Diversity of the firm
- The team
Working in an investment bank is hard work. If you manage to get into one of the top banks you will be working with some of the brightest people in the world. You need to justify your existence. The profitability of the transactions that you work on will form the basis of how much you get paid. The more deal flow your firm gets, the more likely you are to land on a good transaction.
Building a fantastic résumé / CV
The market value of an investment banker is based on the transactions they have worked on. The deals you work on determine a) your value inside your bank and b) your reputation and value outside the bank. The more deals you get to experience, the more valuable you become.
The more people you work with, the more you open yourself up to opportunities. Many deals involve several banks working together alongside lawyers and possibly accountants. All the people that you get exposed to help to build up your brand. The higher your firm's deal flow, the more opportunities you will have for 'branding' yourself.
You can find the same information below. For ease of navigation, I divided the list into 'Top 20' and 'Next 30' then ordered each list alphabetically. This list will be refreshed annually. You will find links that take you directly to the careers section of every investment bank here.
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Bank of America Merrill Lynch
BNP Paribas Group
Mizuho Financial Group
RBC Capital Markets
Agricultural Bank of China
ANZ Banking Group
Bank of China
BMO Capital Markets
China Construction Bank
China International Capital
Commonwealth Bank Australia
Daiwa Securities Group
Industrial & Comm Bank of China
National Australia Bank
Sumitomo Mitsui FG