Investment Banking Rankings Top 30 (Informative)

Yes, it's annoying, yes I'm bored, yes this is mainly for the traditional finance hardo path and not to look cool in front of girls at bars. I'm already anticipating monkey shit, but I'm hoping this can be used for informative purposes for those recruiting/lateraling and not as a dick measuring contest. Much love!

  1. Goldman Sachs
  2. Evercore
  3. Morgan Stanley
  4. JP Morgan
  5. PJT
  6. Centerview
  7. Perella Weinberg
  8. Lazard
  9. Moelis
  10. Bank of America
  11. Credit Suisse
  12. Barclays
  13. Citi
  14. Guggenheim
  15. Greenhill
  16. Allen & Co
  17. Qatalyst
  18. Jeffries
  19. Rothschild
  20. UBS
  21. Houlihan Lokey
  22. RBC
  23. William Blair
  24. Deutsche Bank
  25. LionTree
  26. BMO
  27. Macquarie
  28. Cowen
  29. PJ Soloman
  30. Raymond James

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Jun 24, 2022 - 2:26pm
ASdASdASdASdaSdAsads, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This guy Accretionszn's entire post history is him sucking off PWP/Lazard (hes clearly an incoming analyst/SA at PWP) while for some reason shitting on Citi in every single post/comment.

He also began with EB or BB posts that he made before recruitment began. Now instead of making EB > BB threads all he does is post about how EB > BB no matter the situation on every forum where someone is asking what offer they should take.

Before recruitment all his posts were about PWP > all. This dude has no life lmao. This guy has fully lived a complete life-cycle of a WSO incoming SA.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Aug 27, 2021 - 10:56am

Everything you fucking virgin

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Aug 27, 2021 - 10:59am
Harvthrowaway, what's your opinion? Comment below:

LionTree should be teens. Raine deserves appearance as well. JPM way too high. MS 2-3 spots too high. Disagree on GHL. CS below other Barclays and Citi. Your lower MM grouping is SHIT

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 27, 2021 - 11:01am

comes down to personal preference, but it's BofA -> Barc -> Citi -> CS in my eyes. Also, UBS over Rothschild.   

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Aug 27, 2021 - 11:06am

Why are all interns jerking off to Barclays? Seriously, they have one good year and that is all you consider. Who would seriously pick an offer from Barclays over one from Citi, assuming you know nothing about which group you will end up in? Living in the UK, the brand is also not nearly as good as many other BBs as it is seen as more of a standard consumer bank, and not an investment bank per se.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Aug 27, 2021 - 12:39pm

Bro for real the interns are beating their meat to Barclays. 
 

I saw a whole thread on here sucking off their tech team (which is widely known as a bad group) and I literally know an analyst who just left and said that the group is trash and their MDs can't win deals, they rely on product and other industry guys (e.g. FIG brings in a fintech, RE brings in a real estate tech) for business 

  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 28, 2021 - 2:11pm

bro I'm an incoming analyst, not an intern anymore. Splitting hairs at that point, but know many people that would pick Barclays over Citi. Better overall exits, nicer people, cooler logo/name, and more prestige in the U.S...Citi is seen as a consumer bank in the US btw, not sure what your point is on that. 

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Aug 27, 2021 - 11:26am

Something like this is pretty hard to take seriously when you spell Jefferies wrong and you put RBC so high but don't even include a direct comp like Wells Fargo

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Equities
Sep 17, 2021 - 11:55am

Jefferies did ~$10mm more than wells in IB fees last quarter, Wells was one behind them in league tables…RBC not T10 in tables...OP is apart of the RBC thing here I guess. For prospects, this thread is basically worthless. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Aug 27, 2021 - 12:40pm

Aren't these the vault rankings?

Aug 27, 2021 - 2:40pm
xr, what's your opinion? Comment below:

"used for informative purposes" yet contains zero useful information or explanations.

  • Associate 3 in IB - Cov
Aug 27, 2021 - 3:50pm

Perella and Lazard are slightly too high. Allen and Greenhill are DEFINITELY too high. Rothschild is too Euro focused, they're too high. Remove Cowen and Lion Tree.

Baird should be neck and neck with Blair, they're the two best Chicago shops, agree on putting both above DB (just being honest).

Add Wells below DB.

Remove Macquarie, not a force yet in the US.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Aug 27, 2021 - 5:16pm

Love investment banking rankings. Let's get some more in here. 

  • Prospect in IB - Cov
Aug 27, 2021 - 5:17pm

Damn, is BofA really better than Citi? Based on my interactions with Citi they seemed amazing. I ended up taking another offer a firm also on the list, but for me it was XXX > Citi > BofA.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Sep 17, 2021 - 11:38am

Fr those two should be 13 and 14 at least

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Aug 28, 2021 - 1:25pm

FYI, in case potential undergrads read this-anyone that has done an analyst stint knows how nonsensical rankings are.

Groups, specific culture, deal flow, exits, etc. all are going to vary inside firms. Also, your decision should be based on where you plan on exiting to. Further, many of these you actually could get an identical experience/ your deals will look exactly the same.

If you want to do industrials and live in the Midwest, qatalyst is not ranked higher than Baird. If you plan on building a life in SF, your optimization should be different than someone who wants to be in NY. If you want to go to a megafund, you likely should optimize different than a future growth investor who someone who wants to be a career banker.

Sep 17, 2021 - 10:41am
PJTwhore, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Perella is currently #10 on LT for YTD WorldWide M&A and is way way smaller than most banks. Kinda nuts

Jun 24, 2022 - 10:40am
ASdASdASdASdaSdAsads, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This guy Accretionszn's entire post history is him sucking off PWP/Lazard (hes clearly an incoming analyst/SA at PWP) while for some reason shitting on Citi in every single post/comment.

He also began with EB or BB posts that he made before recruitment began. Now instead of making EB > BB threads all he does is post about how EB > BB no matter the situation on every forum where someone is asking what offer they should take.

Before recruitment all his posts were about PWP > all. This dude has no life lmao. This guy has fully lived a complete life-cycle of a WSO incoming SA.

  • Intern in IB - Restr
Jun 24, 2022 - 4:31pm

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  • Jefferies & Company (▲04) 99.6%
  • Lincoln International (= =) 99.2%
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch (▲03) 98.8%
  • RBC Capital Markets (▲08) 98.4%
  • Macquarie Group Limited ABN (+ +) 98.0%

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  • Lincoln International (▲06) 99.6%
  • Jefferies & Company (▲11) 99.2%
  • Greenhill (▲07) 98.8%
  • PJT Partners (▽02) 98.4%
  • Macquarie Group Limited ABN (▲22) 98.0%

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  • Lincoln International (▲04) 99.6%
  • Jefferies & Company (▲05) 99.2%
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch (▲06) 98.8%
  • RBC Capital Markets (▲11) 98.4%
  • William Blair (▽01) 98.0%

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  • Associates (203) $256
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