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Big4 M&A - An Explanation

Over the years I've seen several posts on people considering jobs at Big4 corporate finance / M&A / TS departments, or people making statements about these jobs which have some pretty large inaccuracies. I'm going to try and clear up any confusion over the topics here....

corporate finance

The corporate finance departments at Big4 essentially offer MM boutique bank advisory services. You will do sector research, deal sourcing. deal advisory, act as sponsor / Nomad (in the UK). You'll do a lot of work with PE firms, especially if you're in a capital markets role.

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Wharton MBA bound: things I wish I'd known during the app process

Hello all, I'm new to this forum but thought I'd kick things off by trying to offer any advice I can on aspiring b-school applicants preparing for the fall 2016-17 application cycle.

Background

I did consulting at a boutique for several years, was dinged w no interview at HBS, and interviewed at Stanford and Wharton, ultimately getting dinged at Stanford as well. I'm Wharton bound this fall and can think back to this time last year when I was prepping for the GMAT and beginning to think about essay topics and recommendation writers. Some of these tips may be obvious but here's my $0.02

Guide: Cold Contacting Investment Bankers For Non Targets

Hi Folks,

I posted a thread earlier in the month and there was a lot of interest in techniques and tips for cold contacting investment bankers so I thought I would share what I know.

First things first, I'm not an investment banker. I'm a data room sales rep with an extensive background in cold contacting (email/phone) investment bankers internationally. If you're working on M&A teams in North America there is a good chance I've called you. I've managed to create a pretty big network primarily from cold contacting so I'm here to offer basic sales tips and insights on methods that may work for you.

Note: I highly recommend reading the book How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It's a pretty quick read that will help you understand how people communicate and how to leverage it to your will.

Disclaimer: I know very little about the recruiting cycles in banking and less about what specific traits/achievements recruiters look for. If anyone who has been through the process wants to chime in I will be happy to edit this post to create a better resource.

This Week in Oil & Gas - 2/7/2016

Industry News

Schlumber-Cameron merger receives green light from EU

SLB and CAM have received unconditional approval from the European Commission to proceed with their proposed merger following a Phase 1 review. Antitrust clearances have been obtained in Canada, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico. China began its process on February 4th but will be delayed due to Chinese New Years. Deal is expected to close at end of February or beginning of March 2016.

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Webinar: Hedge Fund Investment Pitch -- 3pm ET, 2/14/16

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WSO Campus Representative Program

WSO is now accepting applications to be a Campus Rep at your university for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year. We currently have 52 reps signed up but would love to add 15-20 more.

We are looking for motivated students with a solid work ethic and strong presentation/communication skills who are willing to commit for at least one semester, or ideally until May 2016. The time commitment we ask is 12-15 hours/month. Phone interviews are continuing into September so get your applications in soon!

Our Campus Reps help us by spreading the word on campus, meeting with and giving presentations to student clubs and organizations, organizing meet ups, social media activity, university partnerships, and other on campus and online activities. Perks that reps can receive include free WSO guides, free access to our Video Library & Job Board, letters of recommendation from Andy, prize money for the top reps, and more.

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WSO needs your help! We're looking for users to do a site-test

(Site testers will receive compensation via paypal and one month free access to our job board or video library)

Hey all, we're looking for someone to help us test the site every other Wednesday, 1245-2pm et.
Upcoming test dates:
Feb 10
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Type of tester we're looking for:
-Fairly new to WSO (0-3 months)
-Interest in a finance-related career
-Student ($15) or finance professional ($25)
-Can 100% commit to join the test at the agreed upon time

What you need to do:
-Download software that allows you to share your screen with us via a virtual meeting (anymeeting)
-Do a short test with me to confirm your software works (5 minutes)
-Meet us FOR SURE at the test time, 12:45pm et, on the agreed upon Wednesday
-You will need to be in a quiet place with a strong internet connection

WSO Private Equity Resume Template for Professionals with Deal Experience is Released!

Big Announcement: WSO Private Equity Official Resume Template for Experienced Professionals with Deal Experience is Now Public!:

Click here for the free investment banking resume template for college students.

For those of you with deal or project experience coming from Investment Banking or Management Consulting, looking to make sure your CV format is clean and make sure that your private equity resume is polished for those competitive buyside jobs in private equity and hedge funds, we have a great sample resume you can now use free of charge (attached to this post below). We're hoping this clean format gives you an even bigger edge in recruiting (besides being members of WSO :-). Also, don't forget that our private equity interview prep guide is now available after years in the making (here)!

I went> B4 Audit> B4 CF > IB: Ask me anything

As a lot of people ask about these things then I thought I'd make an AMA:

I work in London and I made that much sought after career jump that started in Big Four audit and ended up in IB (Debt Capital Markets) at a boutique with a stopover at Big Four CF in between.

If you have any questions about this, I'm very happy to answer them.

:'-( RIP Bonus

Have you guys ever had a bad feeling about a (seemingly) good deal?

Like, a nagging or gnawing feeling that this seems to be going too smoothly...The buy-side guys are being enthusiastic and super helpful, the clients are being super helpful and compliant. Despite this there's the lingering suspicion that you keep shoving to the back of your mind that:

1) money shouldn't be made this easily.
2) the wet-dreams you have of ravaging this year's bonus cheque and then cuddling it, post-coitus, in a state of other-worldly bliss are just too satisfying to ever, ever, ever materialise?

Then, someone (client-side buddy, buy-side buddy, rabbi, gf, drinking-buddy, priest, yoga instructor...etc) says something that just niggles at the back of your neck ever so slightly which momentarily brings you back to reality ...but you ignore it 'cos hey, f*ck you...raining on my parade will not be tolerated.

Then, you get an email,

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