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The following is a list of investment banks


Largest full-service global investment banks

The following are the largest full-service global investment banks; Full-service investment banks usually provides both advisory and financing banking services, as well as the sales, market making, and research on a broad array of financial products including equities, credit, rates, commodities, and their derivatives. The list compiled here is based on investment banking revenues and assets.[1] These investment banks are "global" in the sense that they have a strong presence in all three of the world's major regions: The Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific.

Financial conglomerates

Large financial-services conglomerates combine commercial banking and investment banking, and sometimes insurance. Such combinations were common in Europe but illegal in the United States prior to passage of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. The following are large investment banking firms affiliated with large financial institutions (not previously listed above).

The name of the investment banking affiliate is in parentheses, if distinct from the name of the parent bank.

Independent investment banks and large cap advisory firms

Notable M&A advisors and underwriters of securities that are not affiliated with commercial banks:


Private placement firms

Private placement agents, including firms that specialize in fundraising for private equity funds:[5]

Other advisory and capital markets firms

Broker-dealers and miscellaneous.

  • DAK Capital
  • Deal Strategy
  • Defoe Capital
  • Duff & Phelps
  • Equinet AG
  • Espírito Santo Investment
  • Exane
  • Grace Matthews
  • Golden Financial Investment Group
  • InnoVative Capital
  • Investment Technology Group
  • Jones Trading
  • Kerr Financial Corporation
  • Keytrade Bank
  • Messier Partner
  • Montgomery & Co.
  • National Securities
  • Newedge
  • NIBC
  • Old Park Lane Capital
  • Pacific Road Corporate Finance
  • Park Lane
  • Sagacious Financial Services Ltd.
  • Saxo Bank
  • Sheshunoff Management Services
  • TSG Partners
  • Wynston Hill Capital

Miscellaneous boutique advisory and placement firms

  • The Abaxas Group
  • Almeida Capital
  • Americas Growth Capital
  • Arbor Advisors
  • Arena Group
  • Avalon Group Ltd.
  • Berkery, Noyes & Co
  • BGR Capital & Trade
  • Blue Crown Funding
  • Blaige & Company
  • Boenning & Scattergood
  • Brescon Corporate Advisors Ltd.
  • Broadpoint Capital
  • Bruce D. Schulman & Associates
  • Bryan, Garnier & Co
  • Business Development Asia
  • Cain Brothers
  • Capstone Partners
  • CB Capital Partners
  • Clayton Capital Partners
  • The Collins Group
  • Columbia West Capital
  • Concorde Capital
  • Confluence Advisors
  • Consus Partner
  • Cross Keys Capital
  • Crowe Capital Markets
  • The DAK Group, Ltd.
  • Dawson James Securities
  • Downer & Company
  • Dresner Partners
  • Ferris, Baker Watts
  • Financo, Inc.
  • FMI Capital Advisors
  • Freeman & Co.
  • Gemini Partners
  • Genuity Capital Markets
  • Global Financial Services Co.
  • Global M&A GmbH
  • Gordian Group
  • Greif & Co.
  • Growth Capital Partners
  • GrowthPoint Technology Partners
  • Hilco Corporate Finance
  • The Hina Group
  • Hovde
  • Indigo Capital Holding
  • Intellian Capital Advisors
  • Janney Montgomery Scott
  • Jesup & Lamont
  • JMP Securities
  • Jordan, Knauff & Company
  • Lancaster Pollard
  • Lane Berry
  • Leerink Swann
  • Leonardo & Co.
  • M3 Capital Partners
  • Marathon Capital
  • Marlin & Associates
  • Matthews Asia Funds
  • Maxim Group
  • The McLean Group
  • Midtown Partners
  • Newforth Partners
  • Orion Capital Group
  • Pacific Growth Equities
  • Peachtree Media Advisors
  • Peter J. Solomon Company
  • Pharus Advisors
  • Quest Profin Advisor Pvt. Ltd.
  • The Potomac Company
  • Provident Healthcare Partners
  • Remington Financial Group
  • Revolution Partners
  • RHB Investment Bank Berhad
  • Rutberg & Co.
  • Salman Partners
  • Scott-Macon Ltd.
  • Seymour Pierce
  • Siemer & Associates
  • Sonenshine Partners
  • Source Capital Group
  • Stone Key Partners
  • Sucsy, Fischer & Company
  • Transparent Value
  • Universalis Capital (Универсалис Капитал)
  • Vermilion Partners Ltd
  • Versailles Group, Ltd.
  • Woodbridge Group Inc.
  • Wyatt Matas & Associates

Notable former investment banks and brokerages

The following are notable investment banking and brokerage firms that have been liquidated, acquired or merged and no longer operate under the same name.

Firm Fate
Alex. Brown & Sons ultimately part of Deutsche Bank, survives as minor business unit
The Argosy Group acquired by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in 1995
Barings collapsed 1995; assets acquired by ING Bank
Bear Stearns collapsed 2008; assets acquired by JPMorgan Chase
A.G. Becker & Co. acquired by Merrill Lynch in 1984
A. G. Edwards acquired by Wachovia in 2007
Blyth, Eastman Dillon & Co. merged with Paine Webber in 1979
C.E. Unterberg, Towbin acquired by Collins Stewart in 2007
Commodities Corporation bought by Goldman Sachs
Dain Rauscher Wessels bought by Royal Bank of Canada in 2000
Dean Witter Reynolds merged with Morgan Stanley to form Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, subsequently the Dean Witter name was eliminated
Dillon, Read & Company acquired by Swiss Bank Corporation, and is ultimately part of UBS AG
Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette acquired by Credit Suisse in 2001
Drexel Burnham Lambert liquidated 1990
E. F. Hutton & Co. acquired by Shearson Lehman/American Express in 1988, ultimately part of Lehman Brothers
First Boston merged with Credit Suisse in 1988 to form CS First Boston, renamed Credit Suisse First Boston in 1996 and Credit Suisse in 2006
G. H. Walker & Co. acquired by White Weld & Co and ultimately part of Merrill Lynch
Gerard Klauer Mattison acquired by BMO Nesbitt Burns, subsequently renamed Harris Nesbitt and later BMO Capital Markets
Giuliani Capital Advisors the investment banking division of Giuliani Partners was sold to Macquarie Group in 2007
H. B. Hollins & Co. liquidated in 1913
Halsey, Stuart & Co. ultimately part of Wachovia
Hambrecht & Quist acquired by Chase Manhattan Bank and ultimately part of JPMorgan Chase. H&Q name continues as investment advisor
Hambros Bank acquired by Societe Generale
Hayden, Stone & Co. acquired Shearson Hammill & Co. in 1974 and assumed the Shearson name. Ultimately acquired by American Express in 1981
Hornblower & Weeks investment bank acquired by Loeb, Rhoades & Co. and ultimately part of Shearson/American Express
J. & W. Seligman & Co. investment bank ultimately part of UBS AG; continues as asset manager
J.C. Bradford & Co. acquired by PaineWebber in 2000, ultimately part of UBS AG
John Nuveen & Co. IBD acquired by Piper Jaffray in 1999; company continues as asset management house under Nuveen Investments, which is controlled by private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners
Kidder, Peabody & Co. acquired by General Electric Corporation in 1986, subsequently resold to PaineWebber in 1994 and ultimately part of UBS AG
Kleinwort Benson acquired by Dresdner Bank
Kuhn, Loeb & Co. ultimately part of Lehman Brothers
L.F. Rothschild ultimately part of C.E. Unterberg, Towbin, with parts sold to Oppenheimer‘‘not to be confused with N.M. Rothschild, Rothschild Group; see Rothschild family
Lee, Higginson & Co. liquidated 1932
Loeb, Rhoades & Co. acquired by Shearson Hammill & Co. to form Shearson Loeb Rhoades in 1979 which was later acquired by American Express in 1981 to form Shearson/American Express
Mendelssohn & Co. aryanized by the Nazis in 1938, sold in parts to Deutsche Bank
Merrill Lynch acquired by Bank of America in 2008
Montgomery Securities ultimately part of Bank of America
Morgan & Cie acquired by Morgan Stanley in 1967 and incorporated as Morgan et Compagnie International in Morgan Stanley International Incorporated in 1975
Morgan Grenfell acquired by Deutsche Bank in 1990
Morgan, Harjes & Co. renamed Morgan & Cie in 1926 and acquired by Morgan Stanley in 1926
Paine Webber acquired by UBS AG
Petrie Parkman & Co. acquired by Merrill Lynch in 2006
Prudential Securities acquired by Wachovia in 2003
Putnam Lovell acquired by National Bank Financial in 2002; acquired from NBF by Jefferies & Company in 2007
Robert Fleming & Co. acquired by JPMorgan Chase
Robertson, Stephens acquired by Bank of America in 2002
Ryan Beck & Co. ultimately part of Stifel Financial Corp., parent company of Stifel Nicolaus
S. G. Warburg & Co ultimately part of UBS AG; not to be confused with M.M. Warburg or Warburg Pincus; see Warburg family
Salomon Brothers acquired by Travelers Group in 1997, ultimately part of Citigroup
Schroders investment bank bought by Citigroup; continues as asset manager
Shearson/American Express acquired Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb in 1984 to form Shearson Lehman/American Express, later Shearson Lehman Hutton and Shearson Lehman Brothers
Shearson, Hammill & Co. renamed Shearson Loeb Rhoades after the 1979 acquisition of Loeb, Rhoades & Co. in 1979. Acquired by American Express in 1981 to form Shearson/American Express
Shearson Lehman Hutton renamed Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1990 and split up in 1993 with the IPO of Lehman Brothers and the sale of the retail and brokerage operations to Primerica
Soundview Technology Group ultimately part of Charles Schwab
Swiss Bank Corporation merged with Union Bank of Switzerland to form UBS AG
Union Bank of Switzerland merged with Swiss Bank Corporation to form UBS AG
Wachovia Securities acquired by Wells Fargo
Wasserstein Perella & Co. bought by Dresdner Bank
Wheat First ultimately part of Wachovia
White Weld & Co. bought by Merrill Lynch
WIT Capital bought by Charles Schwab
Wood Gundy acquired by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in 1987, operating as CIBC Wood Gundy before becoming CIBC World Markets in 1997

See also


  1. ^ [1]. Thomson Reuters Deals Intelligence; updated every quarter
  2. ^ ABN AMRO Bank N.V. was acquired by a consortium of Fortis, RBS and Santander in October 2007. On 3 October 2008, the Dutch state announced that it has bought Fortis
  3. ^ Formerly Wachovia Securities
  4. ^ Lazard Capital Markets was spun off from Lazard in 2005
  5. ^ Excludes placement agent groups within large investment banks. Top Placement Agents at End of 2008. Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2009


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