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Dec 19, 2017

Rodl & Partner basically plays no role. They're a second tier auditing firm.

Go for the American banks / MMs / boutiques here.

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Dec 19, 2017

Don't forget HSBC Germany in Dusseldorf.
Constant Deal Flow, Nice Team and a better nightlife than Frankfurt

Dec 19, 2017

HSBC in Germany is not really HSBC though.

It is 'Trinkaus & Burkhardt' acting under their name. And better nightlife (if so; don't underestimate Frankfurt) shouldn't be an argument - the financial hub in Germany is FFM, not Dusseldorf

Dec 19, 2017

True, but I wouldn't underestimate their M&A team. Bayer-Monsanto and ChemChina-Sygenta were major deals of them last year.

Dec 19, 2017

I'm a freshman (meaning the 1st/2nd semester in germany) MM's are out of my league.

Dec 20, 2017

Imho, don't waste your time with shops like Rodl, or mini German boutiques such as Markuspartners, C.H. Reynolds, Sigma and so on.

Do an internship in Audit (BIG 4) after your 2nd semester and then depending on your grades, you'll be able to score MM / EB offers relatively easy.

Edit: Just saw you attached Big 4 TAS too - if you get the chance, do it.

You should keep in mind though, that you'll need to speak German.

Dec 21, 2017

OP said that he wants to spend his summer "at home", so from that I assume he's from Frankfurt.

Dec 20, 2017

How is Audit seen at BB's?
And what about corporate m&a?

Dec 21, 2017

Audit is not regarded well. Not surprising, though

Dec 26, 2017

Unless you're in Europe

Dec 20, 2017

As you might have seen on LinkedIn, it is not uncommon to start the career with an Audit spot at a Big 4 - also if you want to land a spot at a BB.

Corporate M&A doesn't hurt either, but you should keep in mind that the company should have a remarkable brand.

Dec 20, 2017

Definitely go for Big 4 TAS. That's the usual way to go in Germany, after that you should be able to land some EB/BB internships which ideally you convert for a full time.

Dec 21, 2017

Echo this

Dec 21, 2017

Alantra

Dec 26, 2017

after semester 2: Big 4 Audit or TAS (better if you can get TAS)
after semester 4: BB/EB and convert into FT offer

in case you do not manage to get that bb/eb internship after semester 4 you could aim for big 4 TAS or something comparable and then try to get BB/EB internship after you finished your bachelors. Many (not all) banks in Germany are somewhat flexible around start dates.
In case you do not want to "sit around" (i.e. travel and enjoy life) for c.1/2 year (or however long you have to wait until you can start that FT position) you could think about doing a 1 year master's program.

Jan 4, 2018
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