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The world’s best investment bank 2022: Goldman Sachs – all for one and one for all

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Headquarters Ahead Of Earnings Figures
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The businesses for which Goldman Sachs is most renowned dominated investment banking last year – but so much else is going on. The firm is enjoying the pay-off from a long effort to expand middle-market coverage and has successfully built a transaction banking platform from scratch that it can now scale up.

All of us feel like we have changed a lot since 2020; but probably not as much as Goldman Sachs does. Insiders see the firm’s 2020 investor day as transformational, one in which it revealed a new transparency and client-centricity. Two pandemic-disrupted years on, the results of that strategy in a period of record-breaking capital markets activity have been extraordinary: revenues at the bank have shot up from $37 billion to over $59 billion.

This translated into both record revenues and profits from investment banking in 2021. And while all its leading competitors also did well, Goldman took a bigger share of the largest slices of a growing pie.


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