Investment Bank applications – it’s a numbers game!

Many of you apply to investment banks. I always encourage my clients to apply to hundreds of companies, because at this point it really is a numbers game. I hear you cry, “I can’t apply to 100 companies!!!” Well, you can – and you may have to if you are not a superstar candidate from Oxford who speaks 3 languages.

It gets easy once you have done your first 15 applications. You will get it down to an average of 90 minutes per application once you do lots. Spending 150 hours on applications really is an acceptable use of your time to ensure you get enough interviews. Anyone who tells you to carefully select the best bank that fits you is taking nonsense.

See below for a list of the top hundred investment banks – now, get moving on these applications!

List of the top investment banks:

  2. Allahabad Bank
  3. Allen & Company
  4. Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML)
  5. Barclays Capital
  6. BB&T
  7. BBY Ltd.
  8. Berkery, Noyes & Co.
  9. BG Capital
  10. Blackstone
  11. BMO Capital Markets
  12. BNP Paribas
  13. Cantor Fitzgerald
  14. Capstone Partners
  15. Centerview Partners
  16. China International Capital Corporation
  17. CIBC World Markets
  18. Citi
  19. CITIC Securities International
  20. CLSA
  21. Commerzbank
  22. Corporate Finance Associates
  23. Cowen
  24. Credit Agricole CIB
  25. Credit Suisse
  26. CSG Partners
  27. Daewoo Securities
  28. Deutsche Bank
  29. Duff & Phelps
  30. Europa Partners
  31. Evercore Partners
  32. Financo
  33. Gleacher & Company
  34. Goldman Sachs
  35. Greenhill & Co.
  36. Guggenheim Partners
  37. Guosen Partners
  38. Houlihan Lokey
  39. HSBC Holdings PLC
  40. Imperial Capital
  41. ICBC (China)
  42. ICICI Bank
  43. Indian Bank
  44. P. Morgan
  45. Jefferies & Co.
  46. Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods
  47. KeyCorp (KeyBanc Capital Markets)
  48. Ladenburg Thalmann
  49. Lancaster Pollard
  50. Lazard
  51. Lincoln International
  52. Macquarie Group
  53. Maple Capital Advisors
  54. Marathon Capital
  55. McColl Partners
  56. Mediobanca
  57. Miller Buckfire & Co.
  58. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
  59. Mizuho Financial Group
  60. Moelis & Company
  61. Montgomery & Co.
  62. Morgan Keegan & Co.
  63. Morgan Stanley
  64. Needham & Co.
  65. NBF (National Bank Financial)
  66. Nomura Holdings
  67. Oppenheimer & Co.
  68. Panmure Gordon
  69. Perella Weinberg Partners
  70. Piper Jaffray
  71. PNC Financial Services (Harris Williams & Co.
  72. Punjab National Bank
  73. Raymond James
  74. RBC Capital Markets
  75. RBS
  76. Robert W. Baird
  77. Roth Capital Partners
  78. Rothschild
  79. Sagent Advisors
  80. Sandler O’Neill Partners
  81. SBI Capital Markets (State Bank of India)
  82. Scotiabank
  83. Societe Generale
  84. Sonenshine Partners
  85. Stephens, Inc.
  86. Stifel Financial
  87. Sucsy, Fischer & Company
  88. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group
  89. SunTrust (Robinson Humphrey)
  90. Syndicate Bank
  91. TD Securities
  92. United bank of India
  93. UBS
  94. Vermillion Partners
  95. Vijaya Bank
  96. Wedbush Securities
  97. Wells Fargo & Co.
  98. William Blair & Company
  99. WR Hambrecht & Co.
  100. Yes Bank


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