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Transaction Support, Restructuring, Lead Advisory

We help corporate and fund management clients to see how their businesses could succeed in the future and then work with them to make it a reality. The work is fast-paced, high profile and high pressure; often with tight, strict deadlines. You will need to be flexible because your role at EY will take you to many places in the UK and further afield – how far you go is up to you.

What will my day be like on the programme?

By joining Corporate Finance, you'll get a real insight into the range of work we do. The office you choose, and the type of transactions in the market at the time, will determine how much you work in each of the following areas:

Specific Corporate Finance programmes:

Transaction Support: You'll carry out investigative work for clients looking to buy or sell companies. You will be providing due diligence and advisory services to companies, as well as their banks, investors and other parties, when they need to raise funds or when there's a change of ownership. These could be management buy-outs, mergers, flotations or private equity deals.

Restructuring: Restructuring works for a broad range of stakeholders helping to assess business viability and options to address the issues identified – for example helping companies in distress, or banks whose loans are to companies in distress. You will be providing advice to underperforming companies as well as their banks, creditors and other interested parties. That means independent analysis and, ultimately, helping the businesses either get back on track or undergo insolvency procedures such as administration, receivership or voluntary arrangements.

Lead Advisory: You'll work closely with the senior management of leading organisations of all sizes – from multinationals to smaller entrepreneurial businesses, supporting some of the biggest mergers and acquisitions deals in UK business. You'll advise them on how to achieve their strategic capital objectives through business reviews, acquisitions, leveraged transactions, disposals, takeovers and mergers.

Infrastructure Advisory: You'll learn how to give responsive and objective advice to both public and private sector organisations. You'll help them assess and evaluate options for delivering projects, debt refinancing, and you’ll develop financial models and negotiate with the funding community to obtain the most competitive terms. We have teams specialising in transport, energy and environment, regeneration, and social infrastructure.

Please note that the above will differ for those on the School Leaver programme.


With in Valuations, you will perform high quality valuations of companies and individual assets for transaction purposes and to satisfy other corporate, regulatory and accounting requirements. You will learn to deliver unrivalled expertise to our clients based on knowledge of economic factors, an appreciation of the business and industry context, and the ability to get to the heart of valuation issues.

Operational Transaction Support

With a focus on efficient operations, you'll work on some of the world's most complex high profile engagements, from acquisitions and sales, to restructuring and joint ventures. In the process, you will develop the skills you need to assist with effective integration and separation strategies, identifying synergies and sources of value enhancement, as well as advising on risk mitigation and the successful change of operations, functions and people.

Our Corporate Finance programmes offer opportunities to identify your personal strengths and interests whilst providing you a wide range of experiences.

What training and development will I receive in my first few years?

While you're on our world-class training programme, you'll work towards membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). You'll also build and broaden further your corporate finance knowledge from internal courses, client assignments and other activities.

We encourage our people to realise their own potential at the earliest opportunity in their career, and move towards partnership as rapidly as they are able. You should note that your ICAS exams are front-loaded to speed up your career progress, so you can expect to be out at college almost immediately on joining and throughout your first year at EY.

What opportunities will programme open up?

The Corporate Finance programme offers opportunities to identify your personal strengths and interests, and provides you with a wide range of experiences. As you gain experience, you gain responsibilities and make a real difference to our clients. In your chosen specialism, you'll begin to lead teams and coach less experienced staff, later taking on the role of counsellor to new starters.

What are my options when I apply?

We have Corporate Finance opportunities throughout the UK, and you'll work with a broad portfolio of clients across various industry sectors in our UK and Ireland practice.

Entry requirements:

  • Grade B or above for GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent);
  • At least 320 (26) UCAS points (excluding General Studies and re-sits);
  • A 2.1 degree.

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