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#1

Centerview Partners

Centerview is one of Wall Street's most highly respected M&A advisory firms. It's known for working on high-profile deals for clients like CBS, CVS Health, and Time Warner. Centerview is also known for compensating its people very well. Salaries and bonuses are top-notch, medical benefits are excellent, and it offers many other perks like free breakfast, catered lunches, and large dinner stipends. Recently, the firm made a huge push to improve its diversity recruiting efforts.

SCORE 8.739

2021 Ranking

#1

Centerview Partners
#2

Evercore

Evercore is one of the world’s top M&A and restructuring advisors. It regularly works on massive high-profile investment banking deals for clients such as GE, Fubo, and Verizon. The firm offers phenomenal training and senior-banker exposure to interns and junior bankers. And it's very focused on creating an inclusive culture. It has active and effective networking groups for women, LGBTQ+ individuals, traditionally underrepresented minorities, and veterans.

SCORE 8.572

2021 Ranking

#2

Evercore
#3

Moelis & Company

Moelis is a top investment bank that offers strategic advice to clients across the world. Founded and still led by superstar banker Ken Moeils, the firm is committed to creating an inclusive culture and a workforce that’s representative of its diverse range of clients. The firm has networking groups for Asian, Black, Latino and Hispanic, women, LGBTQ+, and veteran employees. It also has a growing CSR program that supports more than 40 nonprofits.

SCORE 8.419

2021 Ranking

#3

Moelis & Company
#4

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is one of the most highly respected financial institutions in the world. Its name on your resume will open doors throughout your career. Morgan Stanley is a global leader in M&A, IPO underwriting, investment management, and wealth management. It's also passionate about philanthropic efforts, especially when it comes to assisting children and those in dire financial need. Recently, the firm made great strides when it comes to creating a more diverse workforce.

SCORE 8.091

2021 Ranking

#4

Morgan Stanley
#5

Lazard

Lazard is one of the world’s most prestigious investment banking firms. Its well-known M&A group has advised on some of the largest, most complex M&A deals of the past 100 years. Lazard’s excellent internship program allows interns to work on live deals alongside senior bankers and clients. Lazard excels at mentorship and individual development, giving its full-time bankers clear guidance on their strengths and areas for development. Lean deal teams offer a lot of responsibility.

SCORE 7.952

2021 Ranking

#9

Lazard
#6

PJT Partners

A prestigious independent investment banking firm, PJT Partners offers its interns a lot of responsibility and the opportunity to work on high-profile live deals alongside senior bankers. Full-time junior bankers get a lot of responsibility on deals, work closely with seniors bankers, and participate in client calls. Recently, the firm significantly increased its philanthropy and CSR efforts, and started giving diversity scholarships.

SCORE 7.951

2021 Ranking

#5

PJT Partners
#7

Guggenheim Securities

Guggenheim Securities provides advisory, sales and trading, research, and financing services. Recent clients include IBM, Disney, Pfizer, and Verizon. The firm's interns get a lot of responsibility, live deal experience, and experience across various industries and products. Even the most junior bankers get significant access to senior leadership and clients.

SCORE 7.945

2021 Ranking

#7

Guggenheim Securities
#8

Perella Weinberg Partners

Perella Weinberg is a prestigious independent investment banking that works on high-profile deals for clients like PayPal, Kraft Heinz, and T-Mobile. Its interns get an incredible amount of responsibility and hands-on experience, working on live deals with senior bankers and clients. The firm is committed to diversity, and has extensive D&I training programs.

SCORE 7.877

2021 Ranking

#8

Perella Weinberg Partners
#9

Bank of America Corp.

BofA is one of the world’s largest and most highly respected financial institutions. It's also one of the world's most socially-conscious financial firms. Its Ally program for LGBTQ+ colleagues allows volunteers to take part in open dialogue, and it has active programs designed for many other underserved groups, including women, minorities, and veterans. Also, BofA's CEO is head of the World Economic Forum Business Council that’s working to set ESG measurement standards.

SCORE 7.722

2021 Ranking

#6

Bank of America Corp.
#10

Greenhill & Co

Greenhill is a leading M&A advisory firm that cares about giving its interns a strong learning experience. Interns work on live deals alongside clients and senior bankers. Full-time junior bankers work on lean deal teams, getting extraordinary responsibility and close interaction with senior bankers. At Greenhill, the people are polite, kind, helpful, and supportive.

SCORE 7.686

2021 Ranking

#11

Greenhill & Co
#11

Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey is a leading firm in M&A, restructuring, valuation, and other advisory services. Its interns get a lot of live deal experience and top-notch training, and its full-time bankers get a ton of responsibility, the ability to pave their own paths, and schedule flexibility. Diversity is a strong suit, and there are many opportunities to volunteer and contribute on a matched basis.

SCORE 7.568

2021 Ranking

#10

Houlihan Lokey
#12

Harris Williams

Harris Williams is an investment bank based in Virginia that specializes in M&A advisory. It’s been named “M&A Mid-Market Investment Bank of the Year” and “Investment Banking Firm of the Year” by Mergers & Acquisitions. The firm’s excellent internship program gives interns live-deal experience and exposure to senior management. Its culture is collaborative and open—the firm is very focused on diversity recruiting and mentorship, and has substantial D&I programs.

SCORE 7.193

2021 Ranking

#13

Harris Williams
#13

Solomon Partners

Solomon Partners is a leading investment bank that specializes in providing advisory services in sectors such as consumer retail, tech, media, and health care. Its client list includes Under Armour, SoulCycle, SiriusXM, Brooks Brothers, and Netflix. Solomon Partners has a culture that’s accepting of all groups of people, and the firm’s management encourages civic engagement and charitable donations, and promotes an open discussion of social challenges.

SCORE 7.190

2021 Ranking

#12

Solomon Partners
#14

Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.

TPH is an investment bank that focuses on providing research, sales and trading, and M&A advisory services to the energy industry. Its clients have included Hess, Apache, Anadarko, and Kuwait Energy. TPH is owned by leading M&A investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners and offers excellent internships in its Houston office.

SCORE 7.023

2021 Ranking

#14

Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
#15

Cowen

Cowen is a top investment bank that offers interns hands-on live deal experience and exposure to senior bankers and clients. Full-time junior bankers get access to a structured training program, an “apprenticeship” learning model, and many wellness benefits. Underscoring its commitment to diversity, Cowen recently created a new head of D&I position.

SCORE 6.749

2021 Ranking

#15

Cowen
#16

BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets is an investment banking firm looking for hardworking candidates with strong academic records. The firm's internships offer students live deal experience, a rotational program, and the ability to attend client meetings. Full-time professionals have access to strong training programs and many policies promoting work/life balance.

SCORE 6.592

2021 Ranking

#16

BMO Capital Markets
#17

Stifel

Stifel is an investment bank that focuses on serving the middle market. With roots going back 125 years, Stifel is a global investment bank serving growth companies. Stifel allows its staff to take initiative and welcomes new ideas. A diverse team is critical to its mission, and the firm insists on diversity, inclusion, respect, and engagement in all that it does.

SCORE 6.540

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Stifel
#18

Nomura

Nomura is global investment banking powerhouse based in Japan. The firm’s top-notch internship program gives students live deal experience, hands-on training, and the ability to rotate through various groups. Full-time junior bankers get lot of exposure to senior bankers and clients, and significant responsibility due to lean deal teams. Recently, Nomura has made a big push to recruit and retain more women and minorities.

SCORE 6.287

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Nomura
#19

Loop Capital Markets

Loop Capital, well known for its commitment to diversity, is a great place to begin an investment banking career. The firm’s formidable internship program offers students hands-on experience and a lot of exposure to senior bankers. Full-time junior bankers work closely with top executives and on many different types of deals. The firm is heavily involved in the communities it serves and strongly focused on diversity. Employees take a lot of pride in working for such an inclusive firm.

SCORE 6.123

2021 Ranking

#18

Loop Capital Markets
#20

DC Advisory

DC Advisory is an international middle-market investment bank committed to making a difference in people’s lives. It specializes in cross-border deals, and combines the knowledge and experience of a global bank with the creativity and flexibility of a boutique. It has an open, caring, collaborative, entrepreneurial culture that's focused on mentorship, training, and offering junior bankers early responsibility.

SCORE 5.936

2021 Ranking

#17

DC Advisory
#21

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Goldman Sachs is widely known as the most prestigious investment bank on Wall Street. The bank’s interns receive phenomenal training, hands-on experience, and the opportunity to rotate across many groups and desks. Junior staff receive extensive training and mentoring opportunities—senior professionals are always willing to help juniors grow.

SCORE 3.587

2021 Ranking

#19

Goldman Sachs & Co.
#22

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan is one of the top banking firms to work for in the world. Its highly respected internship program provides students with substantial hands-on experience and the ability to interact with clients and senior bankers. Full-time staff receive strong formal and informal training, plenty of mentoring opportunities, and internal mobility options.

SCORE 3.316

2021 Ranking

#20

J.P. Morgan
#23

Barclays Investment Bank (Americas)

Barclays is one of the most influential banks on Wall Street. It’s part of the investment banking bulge bracket, and has major M&A, equity, and debt units, which regularly work on landmark deals. It also has strong retail banking and wealth management units, and serves 48 million clients worldwide. The firm champions inclusion, innovation, sustainability, and “citizenship”—giving back through volunteering.

SCORE 2.516

2021 Ranking

#22

Barclays Investment Bank (Americas)
#24

Citi Institutional Clients Group

One of the most well-known investment banks in the world, Citi’s ICG is looking for down-to-earth, hardworking candidates with strong technical and communication skills. Citi gives its interns an opportunity to work on live deals alongside senior bankers, and its full-time professionals receive top-notch training programs and many internal mobility options.

SCORE 2.496

2021 Ranking

#23

Citi Institutional Clients Group
#25

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse is one of the most prestigious investment banks in the world. Its interns receive extensive hands-on training and work alongside senior bankers. Full-time employees have access to top-notch training programs, mentoring opportunities, and internal mobility options. The culture is collaborative, and a healthy work/life balance can be achieved.

SCORE 2.434

2021 Ranking

#21

Credit Suisse
#25

Qatalyst Partners

Founded by three former Credit Suisse bankers, Qatalyst specializes in providing M&A and strategic advisory services to established and new tech companies. Its clients have included Slack, Intuit, FitBit, Google, and LinkedIn. Qatalyst supports numerous nonprofiits, including Teach for America, the ACLU, the Equal Justice Initiative, and Unicef.

SCORE 2.434

2021 Ranking

#Not Ranked

Qatalyst Partners