If investment banks were Hunger Games characters...

We've matched up the stars of the finance world with those of the popular book and film franchise

The investment banking industry is an exciting, fast-paced and sometimes tough place to be - a bit like the world of the Hunger Games.

So if the world's leading investment banks were transported into Panem, which characters would they resemble? Here are our thoughts...

Morgan Stanley would be...

Katniss Everdeen

One of the stars of the finance world, Morgan Stanley is strong, nimble, and just as determined when hunting down a big M&A mandate as the Hunger Games heroine is out in the woods. Like Katniss, the bank is not afraid to venture into new territory, having been one of the first big names in finance to invest in the redevelopment of the Canary Wharf area.

Goldman Sachs would be...

Peeta Mellark

Goldman Sachs is a top competitor in the investment banking arena, though one that, like camouflage expert and slow-burn love interest Peeta, can be a little secretive about its talents. Peeta also has a taste for fine food and art, and we've heard that there's plenty of both in this classy bank's executive dining rooms.

J.P. Morgan would be...

Gale Hawthorne

J.P. Morgan is one of the largest and strongest financial institutions in the world that, like top hunter and fighter Gale Hawthorne, is a mighty machine with impeccable genetics - it's been a leading name on Wall Street for over a century. Gale also isn't afraid to take risks to stay ahead, and J.P. Morgan made some notoriously bold moves in the run-up to the financial crisis.

UBS would be...

Haymitch Abernathy

UBS had some hard times during and after the financial crisis but, like seasoned campaigner and sharp-witted mentor Haymitch, has come out on the other side fighting. In recent years, the bank has slimmed down and focused its investment banking business and adopted a new slogan: "we will not rest", boding well for its future fitness.

Barclays would be...

Finnick Odair

An excellent all-rounder and a bit of a social climber - a good description of Hunger Games charmer Finnick Odair and of Barclays, which used its retail banking success to leapfrog into the investment banking world and still straddles both fields today. Finnick is also inventive and shrewd, as is Barclays - for example, it's currently extending its business in Africa.

Deutsche Bank would be...

Johanna Mason

Tribute Johanna Mason is one fierce lady who comes into her second Hunger Games all axes flying, which Deutsche Bank could match with its notoriously hard-working and competitive workforce. The bank has expanded quickly over the past few decades from its German roots, just as Johanna left behind her forested home in District 7.

Credit Suisse would be...

Beetee Latier

This Swiss bank survived the financial crisis well and since then, like clever veteran Games tribute Beetee, has followed a wise and subtle strategy, building on its private banking and asset management strengths alongside its investment banking business. Beetee is also an electronics whizz, which is mirrored by Credit Suisse's strong fintech offering.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch would be...

Cressida

Both Cressida and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have undergone a metamorphosis - from TV director to freedom fighter, and from elite Wall Street firm to part of a global banking empire. Merrill Lynch was known in the past for its "thundering herd" of brokers, and BAML's size means its influence can still compare with the massive audiences Cressida reaches with her viral videos.

Citi would be...

Cinna

Citi, like the modest Hunger Games stylist who works with tributes from the smallest, poorest district, is sometimes seen as an underdog, despite its large size. But Citi is posting solid results and is rumoured to have the most entrepreneurial employees out of all of the major investment banks, so might surprise as much in the future as the explosive outfits Cinna dreams up.

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