Many have asked for a comprehensive ranking of investment banks. This is often needed to compare banks and understand what bank might be the right choice for you. While many sources claim that it is ‘stupid’ or impossible to rank investment banks, we think it can be done as long as we choose the right criteria. Since there are very few sources that rank investment or bulge bracket banks online, we have decided to bring you a final comprehensive ranking of major investment banks.

The criteria that were taken into account include remuneration, league tables, exit opportunities, promotion possibilities, history, culture, prestige, and how global a bank is. Weighted averages were taken and banks were scored accordingly.

The ranking also demonstrates how prestigious these banks are in the financial world and how attractive they are to candidates. If we were to select which bank to work for based on the criteria above, most would agree, that our selection would follow this ranking as well.

The maximum score is 100 and minimum 0.

If a Bank A received a score of 60 and Bank B 58, that means the banks are more or less equally attractive. If Bank C achieved a score of 40 and Bank D a score of 28, that means the Bank C is much better than a Bank D.

Note that recent struggles of Deutsche Bank were not taken into consideration. Furthermore, certain banks (i.e. Wells Fargo, Mizuho, MUFG) were excluded from the ranking.

So here it is, the final, definitive and comprehensive ranking of global investment banks.


1) Goldman Sachs 2) JP Morgan 3) Morgan Stanley 4) Merrill Lynch 5) Citi 6) Barclays 7) Deutsche Bank 8) Credit Suisse 9) UBS 10) BNP Paribas 11) HSBC 12) Nomura 13) Macquarie 14) RBC Capital Markets 15) Societe Generale 16) Commerzbank 17) BMO Capital Markets 18) Credit Agricole


Feel free to comment down below what your ranking would look like!