The Top 10 Investment Banks

Below is a list of the top 10 investment banks and best investment banks in the world based on revenue.

1. JP Morgan is the world’s largest investment bank with operations in more than 60 countries. The firm provides investment banking, treasury and securities services, asset management, private banking, commercial banking, and other services. JP Morgan is #1 in global investment banking fees with market share of over 8%. It was honored as the Best Investment Bank in North America by Global Finance. The company generated approximately $5.7 billion in investment banking fees during 2016.

2. Goldman Sachs is a leading banking and investment management firm providing a wide array of products and services to corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high-net worth individuals. The company operates in four business segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending and Investment Management. The Investment banking fees amounted to $5 billion in 2016. Goldman Sachs was named the Best M&A Bank in the world for 2016 by Global Finance. The company’s market capitalization was over $103 billion as of March 20, 2018.

3. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) is the corporate and investment banking arm of Bank of America Corporation. It is one of the leading providers of wealth management, securities trading and sales, corporate finance and investment banking services. Bank of America ranked No.3 in total investment banking fees. It generated $4.5 billion in investment banking fees during 2016. Bank of America Merrill Lynch was named the World's Best Debt Bank by Global Finance and the Most Innovative Investment Bank for private placement by The Banker.

4. Morgan Stanley provides its products and services to corporations, governments, institutions and individuals worldwide. The firm operates in the three business segments: Institutional Securities, Investment Management and Wealth Management. The Investment Management segment generates investment banking revenues primarily from the placement of investments in real estate and merchant banking funds. The company is headquartered in New York and has its principal offices in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other world financial centers. Morgan Stanley was named the Best Equity Bank in North America and the United States by Global Finance in 2016.

5. Citigroup is a global financial services holding company with over 200 million customer accounts. Citi's Institutional Clients Group (ICG) provides investment and corporate banking products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and high-net-worth individuals. It is organized into five groups: Capital Markets Origination, Corporate and Investment Banking, Markets and Securities Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions and the Citi Private Bank. Revenue from investment banking, which is part of Citi's Institutional Clients Group, was $3.8 billion in 2016.

6. Barclays Capital is an investment division of Barclays plc. It provides financial advisory, capital raising, financing and risk management services to corporations, governments and financial institutions around the world. In 2016, investment banking fees reached $3.2 billion. Barclays was honored as the Most Innovative Investment Bank for equity-linked bonds (The Banker).

7. Credit Suisse Group is one of the most prestigious investment banks and one of the world’s largest wealth management firms with total assets under management of CHF 1.345 trillion (September 30, 2017). It operates through two global divisions: Private Banking & Wealth Management and Investment Banking. The Investment Banking division provides securities products and financial advisory services to corporations, governments, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. It offers debt and equity underwriting, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), sales and trading, divestitures, prime brokerage, capital raising, investment research and other services. As of March 20, 2018, Credit Suisse had a market capitalization of about $46 billion.

8. Deutsche Bank is one the largest banks in Europe by total assets. It includes five corporate divisions: Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S), Global Transaction Banking, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, Private & Business Clients and the Non-Core Operations Unit. Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S) is one of the world’s leading investment banks and fixed income powerhouses. Greenwich Associates ranked Deutsche Bank’s global fixed income business first place based on market share. The Banker named Deutsche Bank the most innovative investment bank for IPOs and equity raising.

9. Wells Fargo is the largest bank in world by market value. It is ranked No. 1, 2 or 3 in the U.S. for most of its products and services. The company has four major business groups: Community Banking, Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement, Consumer Lending and Wholesale Banking. Wells Fargo’s Investment banking fees were more than $2 billion in 2016.

10. UBS is a global firm with offices in more than 50 countries. It operates through six business units: Wealth Management, Wealth Management Americas, Retail & Corporate, Global Asset Management, the Investment Bank and Corporate Center. UBS Investment Bank serves corporate, institutional and wealth management clients through two main divisions: Corporate Client Solutions and Investor Client Services. Global Finance awarded UBS as the Best Investment Bank in the world for 2016.

10 Largest Investment Banks

Following are the world's leading investment banks ranked by investment banking fees.

Rank Company Fees, US$bn (2017)
1 JP Morgan 6.730
2 Goldman Sachs 5.880
3 BofA Merrill Lynch 5.360
4 Citigroup 5.040
5 Morgan Stanley 5.035
6 Credit Suisse 3.450
7 Barclays 3.420
8 Deutsche Bank 2.810
9 Wells Fargo 2.140
10 RBC Capital 2.130

Top Investment Banks 2018

Rank Company Market capitalization (US$bn, January 19, 2018)
1 JP Morgan 392.1B
2 Bank of America 330.9B
3 Wells Fargo 316.2B
4 HSBC Holdings 221.4B
5 Citigroup 207.0B
6 Royal Bank of Canada 125.2B
7 Morgan Stanley 103.9B
8 BNP Paribas 102.4B
9 Goldman Sachs 100.3B
10 UBS Group 77.7B
11 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 67.9B
12 Mizuho Financial Group 49.6B
13 Credit Suisse 48.7B
14 Barclays 47.5B
15 Deutsche Bank 38.8B

Top 25 Largest Investment Banks

1 - JPMorgan Chase
2 - Goldman Sachs
3 - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
4 - Morgan Stanley
5 - Citigroup
6 - Barclays
7 - Credit Suisse
8 - Deutsche Bank
9 - Wells Fargo Securities
10 - RBC Capital Markets
11 - UBS
12 - HSBC Holdings
13 - BNP Paribas
14 - Mizuho Financial Group
15 - Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group
16 - Lazard
17 - Rothschild
18 - Jefferies
19 - Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
20 - Nomura Holdings
21 - BMO Capital Markets
22 - Evercore Partners
23 - Credit Agricole CIB
24 - TD Securities
25 - Scotiabank

Independent Investment Banks

Allen & Company LLC
APP Securities Pty Ltd
Blackstone Group
Brown Brothers Harriman
Brown, Shipley & Co
BTG Pactual
Cain Brothers
Cantor Fitzgerald
Canaccord Financial Inc
Capstone Partners
Centerview Partners
China International Capital
CITIC Securities
Close Brothers Group
Cowen Group
C.W. Downer & Co
Daewoo Securities
Defoe Fournier & Cie
DeSilva & Phillips
Duff & Phelps
Europa Partners
Evercore Partners
FBR Capital Markets
Foros Group
Gleacher & Co.
Greenhill & Co.
Guggenheim Partners
Guosen Securities
Houlihan Lokey
Imperial Capital
Investment Technology Group
Janney Montgomery Scott
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
Ladenburg Thalmann
Lincoln International
M.M.Warburg & CO
Marathon Capital
Miller Buckfire & Co
Moelis & Company
Morgan Keegan & Company
N M Rothschild & Sons
Needham and Company
Oppenheimer & Co
Panmure Gordon
Park Lane
Perella Weinberg Partners
Peter J. Solomon Company
Piper Jaffray
Pottinger (Australia)
Raymond James
Robert W. Baird & Company
Sagent Advisors
Sandler O'Neill + Partners
Sanford Bernstein
Stephens Inc.
Stone Key Partners
Thomas Weisel Partners
Vermilion Partners
Wedbush Securities
William Blair & Company
WR Hambrecht + Co