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Public Investment Banker

Definition - What does Public Investment Banker mean?

A public investment banker refers to a practitioner that works in bulge bracket firms such as Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, etc. They provide advice on transactions in the upper middle market and in the public markets.

The ability to raise capital, deal size and complexity distinguishes public investment bankers from private investment bankers. A public investment banker will have more experience with access to the public markets, use of public auction techniques, tender offers and IPOs. A public investment banker also typically works on larger transactions with enterprise values of at least $50 million.

Divestopedia explains Public Investment Banker

A business owner must assess the skills and experience levels of the professionals they are considering hiring when completing an M&A transaction. It is important to consider the following attributes:

  • Track record of success - What is their closing ratio?
  • Regional focus - Do they have the reach and network to find the best buyers?
  • Industry expertise - Do they understand the operations, trends and M&A environment of your industry?
  • Transaction size - Are they capable of handling your deal size?
  • Transaction type - Do they have the intricate knowledge of your deal complexities (i.e. MBO, reverse merger or IPO)?
Based on the above assessment, an owner may determine that a public investment banker is better suited than an M&A intermediary or private investment banker to complete the deal. Finally, fees should also be considered as a public investment banker will likely be the most expensive option.

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