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Bulge-Bracket Firm

In bracketing, an underwriting firm responsible for placing a certain amount of a new issue with investors. If a bulge bracket firm is the single largest underwriter, it may be responsible for assigning parts of the issuer to other underwriters. Brackets are listed in order of size on an advertisement detailing each new issue, known as the tombstone.

bulge-bracket firm

A large investment banking firm that is considered to have an exceptional reputation and customer base. Investment bankers such as Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs are held to be among the relatively small group of firms that qualify.
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Going forward, the bulge brackets will be winners as well as the mid-tier brokers offering both content and superior execution.
The growth in share for both new and old bulge brackets came particularly at the expense of the 33 full-service midmarket banks, which saw their share decline dramatically from 21% of deal value to only 14% in the year-on-year period.