Practitioner’s Guide to IB, M&A and Corporate Finance - Scoopbooks

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Hi guys,

Has anyone out there bought / read this ScoopBooks "The Practitioner's Guide to Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance"?
http://www.scoopbooks.com/ourbooks_2.php
Is it worth the money?

Just asking because I was thinking in buying it just to have as reference book...

Any input is very appreciated.
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Comments (29)

Mar 29, 2009

yes, just to have it as a reference book is fine...the book can be bit too in-depth for beginners like you guys

Mar 29, 2009

a lot of people at my firm have a copy of it just sitting on their desk, and when shit was slow, I would read through it. It is really well-written and well-thought out and before I star FT in July, I am def. going to buy my own copy

Mar 29, 2009

London... you have an SA gig... are you honestly that cocky or do you just enjoy making everyone think that you are a douche?

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Mar 29, 2009

yea i got it also... its a great desk reference for alot of basic definitions and practical explanations... good place to ground your knowledge and work up from there... you wont be able to read through it but reading sections as you learn about them is a good way to get through it...

Mar 29, 2009

so it's not recommended to actually learn the info for the first time?

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Mar 29, 2009

there are really just the first 2/3 chapters that are "basic" but once you get into deal mechanics, tax implications and capital structure implications I'd say you may get lost as you may have not seen it / dealt with it... Once you deal with them, the info will make alot more sense and be more applicable, otherwise its really difficult to conceptually understand..

Mar 29, 2009

London is a SA?! Haha, I love the cocky SA's. It gives us something to laugh about for 3 months, and they almost never get an offer. What a d-bag

Mar 29, 2009

Yes... hasn't even started yet. So take his "advice" with a grain of salt...

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Mar 29, 2009

I bought it before doing my SA gig about 2 years ago. The practitioners guide is great. It's very interesting and a great reference.

Mar 29, 2009

i bought it, too. However, as other people said, i have a hard time understanding it since it is "practical." and you gotta actually do it to understand.

Mar 31, 2009

Guys, thanks a lot for your comments.

Has anyone have any additional thought / experience with this book and would like to share it with us?

Mar 31, 2009

Can't London E1 be banned? Nobody posts so much useless crap on this site. At least some of the previous infamous posters on here were funny -definately not the case here.

Mar 31, 2009

Inputs on the book? Anything else?

Apr 1, 2009

lui, the book is priceless, apparently couple of kids from one of my clubs have it too... and we are Juniors at college w/ no offers. Definitely buy.

Apr 1, 2009

Was wondering the same since Scoop hasn't been updated since 2006. Still priced at a hefty $100.

Apr 1, 2009

Don't bother.

Apr 1, 2009

Don't bother with what? Scoopbooks or Investment Banking by Rosenbaum? Can explain why we shouldn't bother? Thanks!

Apr 1, 2009

Rosenbaum all the way

Apr 1, 2009

Can you be more specific as to why you chose Rosenbaum over Scoopbooks?

Apr 1, 2009

I know i'm a little late, but is this still for sale? lol

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Apr 1, 2009

2 years late, lol. Sorry, no longer for sale.

Apr 1, 2009

That book is a top-notch overview of the industry and all of the relevant terms. Ive had a copy in my office for the past 3 years. I highly recommend it.

Apr 1, 2009

I think I've read your posts on this book in the past, but to be clear: You find this book more useful/practical than Damodaran?

I was about to pick up Damodaran for reference but I am rethinking that purchase.

Apr 1, 2009

Per my other posts, Damodaran is an academic and while his material is very useful it can get bogged down with granular/technical issues...for someone like fld who is trying to learn the essentials of finance and introductory modeling i would rec Scoop and use Dam's website as a reference...

Apr 1, 2009