According to the Global Financial Centres Index, New York, London and Hong Kong are the top 3 financial centers 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 assemble a bunch of dry statistics, we’ve put together a collection 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 centers, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and San Francisco.
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 center, London, as well as other financial hubs such as Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Zurich.
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 centers, such as Mexico City and São Paulo.
We don’t currently have any coverage on Africa, but we used to have a few articles about IB and Big 4 roles in South Africa. But these desperately need an update – when that happens, we’ll post the links here.
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 that will help you in any region 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.