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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  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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 - 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.

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Aug 27, 2021 - 5:32pm

If you liked the culture at Citi more then that's awesome and definitely important. Overall though with WSO rankings most people rank BofA as the #4 BB after GS/MS/JPM and before CS/C/Barc

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Aug 27, 2021 - 8:02pm

Baird, Piper, and HW should be tiered above BMO / Macquarie / Cowen...

  • 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.

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