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Investment Banking History

National and Comparative Issues (19th-21st centuries)

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Hubert Bonin and Carlo Brambilla

The recent financial and banking crisis did reveal the discrepancy between internal management rules and the demands for stability within the divisions of corporate and investment banking by universal banks or within pure investment banks. Their mastership of risks did not balance the variety and breadth of operations, at the expense of transparent and well-structured balance sheets.
The book intends fuel comparisons between historical national case studies and present evolution of investment banking. It will foster arguments about the management of risks, about the portfolio of skills of investment bankers, about the role of senior bankers. Two chapters of issues and of present assessments help giving sense to history through the mobilisation of concepts crossing decades till the recent years, so as to favour deeper thinking about the very nature and good practices of investment banking.
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CHAPTER 14 Overall Survey of Authors’ Contributions to the History of Investment Banking

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CHAPTER 14

Overall Survey of Authors’ Contributions to the History of Investment Banking

Hubert Bonin & Carlo Brambilla

We do not claim that the eleven contributions in this book completely answer the questions posed in the introductory chapter. Each of them has developed its own national logic and gauged its banking model at the heart of a very specific banking system, whatever be the international connections of each place and the osmosis which allowed for the interpenetration of strategic models and banking practices. Nevertheless, this chapter will rise to the challenge of showing the relative unity between them by referring to the problematics raised in the introductory chapter. Each has contributed more or less to the collective body of ideas presented by our team at a conference and given shape to in this book.

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