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Investment Banking at 50,000 Feet

        posted by , February 08, 2011

Investment Banking is a complex business domain. Here's a bird's eye view.

Investment banks large and small are split into front office, middle office and back office.

Front Office

Front Office is made up of the client facing departments that drive revenue. This includes sales and marketing functions.

investment banking front office

Front offices have departments that are aligned to a particular industry and departments that service one product area.

Trading and research are also considered front office.

Middle Office

Middle Office is made up of control and strategy functions.

investment banking middle office

Back Office

Back Office is made up of operations and technology. Many investment banks invest heavily in proprietary systems that are viewed as competitive advantages.

Unlike many industries that view technology as a cost — investment banks tend to view technology as revenue generating.

investment banking back office

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