LeoGlossary: What Are Investment Banks

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A bank or financial institution that serves governments, corporations, and institutions. This is done by providing:

  • underwriting
  • mergers & acquisitions (M&As)
  • advisory services.
  • equity research
  • asset management
  • commercial and retail banking

Investment banks are intermediaries between companies and the financial markets. They are involved in large and complex transactions.

Some of the largest investment banks are:

  • JPMorgan
  • Credit Suisse
  • Barclays
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Citigroup
  • Bank of America
  • Deutsche Bank

The banks are the ones who help start up companies issue stock through an IPO or additional offering. They will also serve high net worth individuals with their varied offerings.

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