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But London eventually caught back in the last decade as the influx of so many sophisticated French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese and Indian immigrants started to dramatically improve the quality of London's workforce.
While after September 11 businesses suddenly had to struggle to get visas for employees to work in New York, or even to visit on business trip, visas for Britain have always remained easily available.
This is mostly because New York has had an established reputation as the leading financial centre for the last 70 years, the fact that the US still is synonym with the "American dream" for most people, and also because working in the US tends to be so much more intense.
Investment banking in the US tends to be a 24/7 job, literally.
Also, with the numerous scandals and high-profile bankruptcies in the US (Enron, World Com, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns - all US firms), investors started to think that the US environment might not be the best, after all. New York Overall, investment banking jobs are easier to find (and to keep) for international students in London than compared to the US.
Based on our experience of working in the US and in Europe, here are our thoughts on Investment Banking in New York vs. As the US was untouched by the war and the started to industrialise rapidly, it quickly filled the gap left by London and took the lead in financial innovation.Also, the domestic market is very active: M&A volumes in the US are always larger that what you can see in Europe.Therefore, from a general perspective, Americans tend to be better at financial modelling due to their more extensive experience, and they are used to handle a lot of stress compared to their European counterparts.Americans work extremely hard and long hours - there is often no distinction between private life and professional life, especially in New York.Therefore, you are more likely to close more deals and work on more transactions in the US compared to the UK.