Hey WSO. I'm a first-year analyst in NY at a EB/top MM firm. I'm staffed on 3 very interesting and intense sell-side deals which have a high chance of closing, and I'm happy to have been given this opportunity right from the start. I've been told I am doing a good job 3 weeks into the job, but I wish to start contributing in ways other than what is expected for a first-year (i.e. not just maintaining buyer logs, VDRs, writing sales documents, etc.), in addition to those basic roles of course.
The deal teams I am on are lean (5 people, including VP and MD), so I am wondering about ways I can insert myself into the process and make myself an important team player without overstepping hierarchy/authority. I know many in my class at this stage are still stuck with taking calls on notes, working on pitches, etc., and I want to distinguish myself and cement a top-bucket ranking early. For example, instead of just maintaining the, I am making sure I know the location and general content of each file so I can quickly point to it when it becomes important, and outlining important takeaways that may need attention from senior members in the deal-team.
My biggest worry is overstepping my position, as I understand hierarchy is very important in investment banking.
What are some things a first-year can do to separate themselves from being just another analyst and someone who is a 'real' member of the deal team? What are some ways that you can make your role on a deal be 'unique,' as opposed to just doing the standard stuff really well? Thanks in advance.