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Investment Banking

Interested in Investment Banking?

Fancy a being an investment banker? The BRIDGE team has curated a list of free resources for students that can help prepare you for this challenging yet rewarding career path. 

No need to pay for expensive prep courses.  You can access these resources anytime at your own pace.  More importantly, our curated training materials partly come from the same platforms that are being used by investment bankers every day.  Knowing how to use these tools will definitely help you get ahead of the competition. 

What Is Investment Banking?

So you want to be an Investment Banker? Not sure where to get started? This guide will help you understand what the investment banking industry is, and what steps you'll need to take and skills you'll need to master to land a role in this industry. 

What Is Investment Banking?

Investment banking is a specific division of banking related to the creation of capital for other companies, governments and other entities. Investment banks underwrite new debt and equity securities for all types of corporations, aid in the sale of securities, and help to facilitate mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and broker trades for both institutions and private investors. Investment banks also provide guidance to issuers regarding the issue and placement of stock.

Examples of Investment Banks

List of Investment Banks

The following list catalogues the largest, most profitable, and otherwise notable investment banks. This list of investment banks notes full-service banks, financial conglomerates, independent investment banks, private placement firms and notable acquired, merged, or bankrupt investment banks. As an industry it is broken up into the Bulge Bracket (upper tier), Middle Market (mid-level businesses), and boutique market (specialized businesses).

Career Path

iBanking Career Path

The following list catalogues the largest, most profitable, and otherwise notable investment banks. This list of investment banks notes full-service banks, financial conglomerates, independent investment banks, private placement firms and notable acquired, merged, or bankrupt investment banks. As an industry it is broken up into the Bulge Bracket (upper tier), Middle Market (mid-level businesses), and boutique market (specialized businesses).