Investment banks assist public and private corporations in raising funds in the capital markets (both equity and debt), as well as in providing strategic advisory services for mergers, acquisitions and other types of financial transactions. They also act as intermediaries in trading for clients. Investment banks differ from commercial banks, which take deposits and make commercial and retail loans. In recent years, however, the lines between the two types of structures have blurred, especially as commercial banks have offered more investment banking services.Other terms for the Investment Banking Division include Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Corporate Finance.
Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, UBS, JPMorgan Chase and Merrill Lynch are some of the top investment banks.
Investment Bankers are not really investors and not really bankers, they are hired as agents for companies who need advisory services on mergers and acquisitions, raising capital etc.