NEW YORK, February 15, 2016 – Global Finance magazine has named its 17th annual World’s Best Investment Banks in an exclusive survey to be published in the April 2016 issue.

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UBS was honored as the Best Investment Bank in the world for 2016.

“In the aftermath of the dramatic pullback of U.S. and European banking giants from the investment banking market, it is a new world for both big institutions and for those boutique investment banks that are filling the gap,” said Joseph D. Giarraputo, publisher and editorial director of Global Finance. “With these awards, we honor those firms that understand the market, execute well and create innovative solutions for their clients’ unique needs,” Giarraputo added. 

Global Finance editors, with input from industry experts, used a series of criteria—including market share, number and size of deals, service and advice, structuring capabilities, distribution network, efforts to address market conditions, innovation, pricing, after-market performance of underwritings and market reputation—to score and select winners, based on a proprietary algorithm. Deals announced or completed in 2015 were considered.


Best Investment Bank UBS
Best Boutique Investment Bank LionTree Advisors
Best in Emerging Markets HSBC
Best in Frontier Markets Societe Generale
Best Equity Bank UBS
Best Debt Bank Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Best M&A Bank Goldman Sachs
Best Up & Comer Haitong Bank
Most Creative Itaú BBA
Best Bank for Equity-linked Debt UBS
Best Bank for IPOs UBS
Best Bank for Securitization Citi


Consumer Lazard
Financial Institutions UBS
Healthcare Mizuho
Industrials/Chemicals Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Infrastructure BBVA
Media/Entertainment Goldman Sachs
Metals & Mining BMO Capital Markets
Oil & Gas Citi
Power Macquarie Group
Real Estate UBS
Technology Morgan Stanley
Telecoms UBS


Best Investment Bank J.P. Morgan
Best Boutique Investment Bank LionTree Advisors
Best Equity Bank Morgan Stanley
Best Debt Bank J.P. Morgan
Best M&A Bank Goldman Sachs
Most Innovative Morgan Stanley
Best Investment Bank UBS
Best Boutique Investment Bank Zaoui & Co
Best Equity Bank UBS
Best Debt Bank Barclays
Best M&A Bank Barclays
Most Innovative Société Générale
Best Investment Bank Nordea
Best Boutique Investment Bank Carnegie Investment Bank
Best Equity Bank Nordea
Best Debt Bank Danske Bank
Best M&A Bank Deutsche Bank
Most Innovative Nordea
Best Investment Bank VTB Capital
Best Boutique Investment Bank Balkan Advisory
Best Equity Bank VTB Capital
Best Debt Bank Societe Generale
Best M&A Bank J.P. Morgan
Most Innovative Wood & Co.
Best Investment Bank Itaú BBA
Best Boutique Investment Bank Altura Capital
Best Equity Bank Deutsche Bank
Best Debt Bank Santander
Best M&A Bank Itaú BBA
Most Innovative Bancolombia
Best Investment Bank Nomura
Best Boutique Investment Bank Ivory Capital
Best Equity Bank CCB International
Best Debt Bank BOC International
Best M&A Bank Goldman Sachs
Most Innovative Haitong Bank
Best Investment Bank Samba Capital
Best Boutique Investment Bank Mashreq
Best Equity Bank Samba Capital
Best Debt Bank GIB
Best M&A Bank J.P. Morgan
Most Innovative Markaz
Best Investment Bank Standard Bank
Best Boutique Investment Bank Exotix Partners
Best Equity Bank EFG Hermes Investment Banking
Best Debt Bank Deutsche Bank
Best M&A Bank Standard Bank
Most Innovative FBNQuest


Mid-Atlantic​ PNC
Midwest Commerce Bancshares
West Coast Silicon Valley Bank
Southwest Comerica
Southeast SunTrust


Canada Scotiabank
US Morgan Stanley
Austria Bank für Tirol und Vorarlberg
Belgium BNP Paribas
Cyprus AXIA Ventures Group
Denmark Danske Bank
Finland Pohjola
France Societe Generale
Georgia Galt & Taggart
Germany Deutsche Bank
Iceland Kvika banki
Ireland Davy Group
Italy UniCredit
Netherlands ABN Amro
Norway Nordea
Poland PKO Bank Polski
Portugal CaixaBI
Russia VTB Capital
Spain BBVA
Sweden Carnegie
Switzerland UBS
Turkey Is Investment
United Kingdom Barclays
Argentia Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Brazil Bradesco BBI
Chile Banchile
Colombia Bancolombia
Peru Credicorp Capital Perú
Puerto Rico Banco Popular
Armenia Ameriabank
Australia Macquarie Group
China BOC International
Hong Kong CCB International
India AXIS Bank
Indonesia Mandiri Sekuritas
Japan Nomura
Kazakhstan Kazkommerts Securities
Malaysia CIMB
New Zealand Macquarie Group
Pakistan Habib Bank
Philippines First Metro Investment
Singapore DBS Bank
South Korea NH Investment & Securities
Taiwan CTBC Bank
Thailand Bangkok Bank
Vietnam Vietnam Capital Partners
Bahrain GIB Capital
Egypt CI Capital
Israel Migdal Investment Banking
Jordan J.P. Morgan
Kuwait Markaz
Lebanon bankmed
Oman Bank Muscat
Qatar Qatar National Bank
Saudi Arabia Samba Capital
UAE National Bank of Abu Dabi
Angola Standard Bank Angola
Ghana Industrial & Commercial Bank of China
Kenya CfC Stanbic Bank
Mauritius Mauritius Commercial Bank
Morocco Attijariwafa Bank
Mozambique Standard Bank Mozambique
Nigeria FBNQuest
South Africa Rand Merchant Bank

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About Global Finance

Global Finance, founded in 1987, has a circulation of 50,050 and readers in 180 countries. Global Finance’s audience includes senior corporate and financial officers responsible for making investment and strategic decisions at multinational companies and financial institutions. Global Finance also targets the 8,000 international portfolio investors responsible for more than 80% of all global assets under professional management.

Its website — — offers analysis and articles that are the heritage of 29 years of experience in international financial markets. Global Finance is headquartered in New York, with offices around the world. Global Finance regularly selects the top performers among banks and other providers of financial services. These awards have become a trusted standard of excellence for the global financial community.

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