Moving from AM to IBD (M&A) in Asia/ASEAN?
First time poster, though long time lurker/reader.
Went to non-target school in US, graduated with a decent CGPA in 2011, now back in ASEAN region where I'm from. Got a job in Corporate Banking at a local IB and stayed there for two years.
Recently joined a MM Asset Management firm (think Franklin Templeton, Invesco, Nomura, Aberdeen, Amundi, Nikko) doing sales/marketing where I'm responsible for increasing AUM by pitching for mandates from pension funds, sovereign funds and occasionally corporates.
My job currently is almost full-blown sales and marketing, with almost no analysis work at all. I was "lucky" in a way, because people in the industry usually say in order to join sales and marketing, you have to start as an analyst. I skipped that part and got straight into marketing (can be argued that I was an analyst doing Corporate Banking, but never an analyst in a FM firm).
So was wondering, say in the next year or so I'd like to move on to IBD (M&A), how would this experience be relevant? Would it be more difficult for me as I've "skipped" the analyst part? Or would it be an advantage since this role can be considered relatively senior?
If not, would an MBA at a top school in Singapore help? Do BB's recruit heavily out of Singapore considering their big presence in Singapore? Or do they still prefer Western graduates? Mentioning Singapore because it's much closer to home relative to going to Europe or the US.
Am obviously now aiming for a BB and am actually particularly interested to explore M&A.
Hope you guys can help, thanks! Feel free to ask more.