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Big4 M&A - An ExplanationOver the years I've seen several posts on people considering jobs at Big4 corporate finance / M... 1 day 13 hours
2014 CFA Level II - Best 3rd Party Provider?Signed up for Level II in June next year, interested to hear what people would recommend for a 3rd party study provider? I used Schweser exclusively for Level I and found it covered all the content in a good way, but I've heard that they are weak on some FRA / Econ areas in Level II. 2 years 2 months
CFA Level IISo I took the plunge before the first fee deadline and signed up for Level 2, June 2014. Anyone else just committed themselves to 6 months of misery? Any tips for how to tackle this beast? 2 years 4 months
WSO London DrinksTime for some more London drinks - the venue for the last one was a poor choice (my fault) as it was too crowded and people struggled to find each other. That is why this time I'm thinking we go back to the site of the first drinks - The George pub near Liverpool Street station - informal, easy to... 2 years 4 months
London WSO DrinksIt has been a while since we Brits got together for a few pints and now that "that exam" is over, it is high time we enjoyed the wonderful London summer! So far we have had 2 events, both with a decent-ish turnout. The evenings usually started off a bit slow with nobody really knowing who... 2 years 7 months
Working In Big 4 Audit in LondonSomeone was asking me about this in PM and I wrote a long and detailed reply about what it is like to work in Big 4 and what advice I would give to people thinking about interning / working there. Thought it might be useful for others so my reply is below. Happy to answer any questions. [quote... 2 years 8 months
CFA June 2013 Mocks AvailablePm me if you need June 2013 mock exams for any level. Will only be giving to users with decent SB / MS ratios and good post histories. 2 years 9 months
BIWS Advanced ModellingAnyone bought this or have experience with it? Is it worth doing or does it simply go into too much detail and would free content such as Macabacus be better? 2 years 9 months
Is Volatility Back?Yesterday was the worst day on the financial markets for about 5 weeks, coupled with an incredibly good day (for no apparent reason) the day before. March was a very boring month in terms of market movements and April has certainly gotten off to an interesting start. When you look at some of... 2 years 10 months
Fundamental Value for Personal InvestingQuick question - what approach would you guys take when looking into company fundamentals for your own personal investing assuming lack of access to Bloomberg / ER reports etc? For the big, diversified... 2 years 10 months


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I mean due diligence on restructuring work. You...I mean due diligence on restructuring work. You want to be on the advisory side. 1 day 18 hours
Very good place to be, if it's on the advisory...Very good place to be, if it's on the advisory side rather than the DD side. 1 day 19 hours
Business Modelling gives you more (obviously)...Business Modelling gives you more (obviously) modelling experience, TS gives you a lot of transaction experience. Different aspects but if I had to choose, probably business modelling. 1 day 19 hours
Hours are fine. Arrive 8:30-9ish, finish time...Hours are fine. Arrive 8:30-9ish, finish time depends on what you're working on. Something in the region of 7pm is normal with a couple of 9-10pms a week. Pay is higher than audit but bonuses are still disappointing. 3 days 1 hour
Join your firm's corporate finance department for...Join your firm's corporate finance department for 12-18 months. Do CFA L1 to show a vague interest in something other than audit. Network your ass off. 3 days 18 hours
Typically you can't move until your training...Typically you can't move until your training schemes are up. Otherwise everyone would just apply for audit/tax as an easy entry option and then try and move across instantly to CF. Usually once you get an offer for audit/tax, there may be potential to change your application but you will have... 3 days 23 hours
MBAs are not big or very important where I am....MBAs are not big or very important where I am. Haven't seen many go to PE or BBs in investing/dealmaking roles from TS, but ample opportunities in the smaller boutiques or in accounting type roles (what recruiters love to pitch as 'portfolio management' which definitely isn't). 4 days 44 min
Roughly agree with your figures, depending on...Roughly agree with your figures, depending on what grade you start at. Manager level salary is accurate although bonus is high. Definitely on point with the discrepancy in directors - there's some really top notch backgrounds for some and others are ex-auditors or lifelong Big4. Quality of... 4 days 49 min
No info on KPMG specifically but valuation...No info on KPMG specifically but valuation services in general is often focussed on asset-specific valuation, derivatives etc. You are unlikely to be building DCF/LBO/merger models for M... 4 days 52 min
For the comp figures, these are assuming you...For the comp figures, these are assuming you start as a 4th year (i.e. after 3 years in audit / consulting / tax). So 1st year = 4th year at the firm etc. These are accurate ballpark territory for my experiences at a Big4 in a major financial centre with advanced qualifications. 4 days 55 min
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