Investment Banking Fees Examined White Paper 2011. Small and mid‐sized companies looking to raise capital intuitively turn to investment banks for help. In fact, many growing companies view working with a well known investment bank as an attractive milestone related to their Company’s success and future potential. However, CFOs should be aware of the significant fees involved, and more importantly conflicts of interest which can undermine the best interests of the Company. This white paper describes investment banking services and fees, common conflicts of interests, and suggests an alternative approach that has worked well in other professions.