Meaning of “merchant bank” in the English Dictionary

"merchant bank" in Business English

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merchant banknoun [ C ]

uk us

BANKING a bank that does business with large companies and governments, providing them with finance and with advice relating especially to shares, bonds, etc. and takeovers (= occasions when one company buys another):

The company has called in a city merchant bank to advise on its options.
merchant banking
noun [ U ]

He spent a year in Bombay setting up HSBC's merchant banking division there.

(Definition of “merchant bank” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)