Boutique investment bank
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A boutique investment bank is a investment bank that specializes in at least one aspect of investment banking, generally corporate finance, although some banks are retail in nature, such as Charles Schwab or Allen & Co. Of those involved in corporate finance, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions and restructuring and reorganizations are their primary activities.
Boutique investment banks generally work on smaller deals involving middle-market companies, and usually assist on the sell or buy-side in mergers and acquisitions transactions. In addition, they often specialize in certain industries such as media, healthcare, industrials, technology or energy. Some banks may specialize in certain types of transactions, such as capital raising or mergers and acquisitions, or restructuring and reorganization. Typically, boutique investment may have a limited number of offices and may specialize in certain geographic regions, thus the moniker, 'regional investment bank'. Traditionally, boutique investment banks are specialized in certain fields of corporate finance and thus not full-service. However, the term is often also used for non-bulge bracket full-service investment banks, banks that also are knows as middle-market investment banks.
During 2014, The Financial Times The New York Times, and The Economist all published favorable articles regarding the growing trend of corporations to hire boutique investment banks. Reasons cited included their absence of conflicts, independence, and skill of one or a relative few individuals. The discrediting of traditionally conflicted Wall Street investment banking firms, especially those listed as full-service or conglomerates on the list of investment banks, due to their role in the creation or exacerbation of the Great Financial Crisis is cited as a primary reason for the ascendancy of these boutique firms. However, advances in technology which permit the outsourcing of all non-core aspects of the firm have also been cited as a cause of this David versus Goliath phenomenon.
As larger investment banks were hit hard by the Great Recession of the 2000s, many senior bankers left to join boutiques, some of which largely resemble the partnerships that ruled Wall Street in the 1970s and 1980s. Boutique investment banks took a greater share of the M&A and advising market at the same time.
Large, prestigious boutique firms include Evercore, Lazard, Centerview Partners, and Moelis & Company. While these may be full-service and international in scale, they are significantly smaller than and do not offer the breadth of products and services of bulge bracket investment banks.
Boutique investment banks may be engaged in providing one or more of the following services:
- Connecting clients, especially with regard to IPOs or further stock offerings.
- Mergers and Acquisitions advisory
- Underwriting debt and/or equity securities
- Capital raising (e.g. private equity deals; not as common due to small firm size)
Notable boutique investment banks
- Berkery, Noyes & Co
- BG Capital
- C.W. Downer
- Cantor Fitzgerald
- Capstone Partners
- Centerview Partners
- CSG Partners
- Gleacher & Company
- Guggenheim Partners
- Invesco PowerShares
- Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods
- Ladenburg Thalmann
- Lincoln International
- Marathon Capital
- Marlin & Associates
- McColl Partners
- Miller Buckfire & Co.
- Morgan Keegan & Co.
- Needham & Co.
- Panmure Gordon
- Roth Capital Partners
- Stephens, Inc.
- Stifel Financial
- Van Lanschot Kempen 
- WR Hambrecht + Co
- Bulge Bracket investment banks
- Middle Market investment banks
- List of largest investment banks
- List of hedge funds
- List of private-equity firms
- Fund of funds
- Sovereign wealth fund
- Boutique law firm
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