According to the Global Financial Centres Index, New York, London and Hong Kong are the top 3 financial centres in the world.
However, investment banking is a global and diverse industry populated by regional players operating at a variety of levels including: Global, International, and Local.
Rather than simply assemble a bunch of dry statistics, we’ve assembled a large volume of real-life profiles and case histories of what it’s actually like to work in investment banking in different regions of the world.
North America features several of the world’s largest financial centres, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Most of the articles on this website have a “New York-centric” approach, but some delve specifically into regional trends around North America:
Europe is home to the world’s second largest financial centre, London, as well as other major financial hubs including Zurich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, Luxembourg and Moscow.
Asia is the emerging giant of the financial world, boasting financial metropolises such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Qingdao, Shenzen and Chengdu.
Thanks largely to the petroleum industry, the Middle East is home to a number of important global financial centers, including Dubai, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Kuwait City.
South America is home to relatively smaller but rapidly developing financial centres such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.
Investment banking has become a highly-competitive and sought-after field.
Banks have shifted from hiring raw graduates and “training them on the job” to expecting new hires to hit the ground running and add value from day one.
That’s why many future investment bankers invest in specialized courses and training to help them get noticed, get hired, and get promoted.
Some of the courses offered by Mergers & Inquisitions and Breaking Into Wall Street include:
Completing these courses will help you win interviews and job offers for roles that pay $150K+, and position you for top-tier exit opportunities such as private equity.