Daily life in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

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What would my day be like in M&A? 

As part of this team, you'll:

  • Use your research and analytical skills to spot market trends and opportunities and source deals
  • Prepare presentation materials to pitch ideas to clients
  • Build understanding and communicate the outputs of a variety of business valuation methods
  • Research and compile benchmarking data on a range of transactions and company valuations
  • Analyse the funding market and assist in developing funding strategies
  • Prepare reports and financial analysis during the execution of a deal
  • Coordinate with other advisors to the transaction
  • Support clients in important negotiations with other parties
  • Run an efficient process for buy-side or sell-side transactions

What skills would I acquire in my first few years? 

You'll acquire skills and knowledge, including:

  • Research and analysis techniques
  • How to interpret financial statements
  • Commercial understanding of how businesses are valued
  • Communication and teamworking skills
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Deep industry/sector knowledge, for example in Pharmaceuticals or Telecommunications

What opportunities would M&A open up? 

You could:

  • Work closely with the senior management teams as they develop and drive their businesses forward, taking decisions that will shape their industry
  • Focus on a particular industry and develop your reputation as a key advisor in that sector
  • Work in another one of our offices worldwide
  • Use your transaction experience and technical skills to develop your career in this area and lead transaction teams
  • Develop the skills to become an advisor in a related sector like corporate restructuring or debt advisory
  • Take a client secondment to develop your commercial skills and deepen the client relationship