I am starting a role in audit at one of the Big 4 (London office) in September, in the audit team where I'll hopefully gain the ACA after 3 years. My ultimate/eventual aim is to move into the M&A arm of an Investment bank. I've heard that an internal move in a big 4 firm into CF/M&A first is the best way to do this.
Firstly, is the best route into M&A in a bank the one mentioned above or is there a more direct route?
How easy is it to make the move internally/other Big 4 from audit into an M&A associate role?
Subsequently how easy would it then be to move from M&A in Big 4 to M&A in IB? How different really are the roles?
Any constructive answers would be much appreciated!