This opportunity would suit a professional and committed individual with either: 1) a background in leveraged finance and a desire to move into advisory, or 2) an individual looking to further develop their career in advisory, in a demanding and challenging client facing environment.
Financial modelling, presentation writing and client management are key skills as well as the ability to effectively conduct work independently and as part of a team.
The Senior Associate will have access to junior resources in Advisory Services to assist with a range of activities.
Key responsibilities & accountabilities:
Supporting a Director and Managing Director in the origination and execution of debt raising and debt restructuring mandates in the UK and continental Europe.
Key transaction related activities will include: 1) handling new transaction/client engagement processes; 2) preparation of and working with financial models; 3) review of transaction material and due diligence reports; 4) coordinating Q&A on these documents with clients and/or data rooms; 5) preparation of "teasers" and information documents for prospective lenders; and 6) negotiating NDAs.
Additional duties, aside from transaction related activities, will include the maintenance of loan and bond databases, preparation of pitch books and other general marketing presentations, and tracking general market trends.
Building and developing strong corporate and private equity client relationships.
Supporting other parts of the firm (including M&A and Restructuring) if required, in particular on debt related matters.
Responsible for mentoring and developing more junior members of staff, providing constructive feedback on a formal and informal basis.
Providing consistently high standards of work in a timely manner and ensuring compliance with all internal rules (including risk and compliance) and external regulatory requirements.
Background & qualifications:
BSc/BA equivalent qualification from a reputable UK/European university.
Master's degree and/or ACCA (or equivalent) qualification desirable but not essential.
Minimum 2-3 years relevant experience specifically in leveraged finance, debt advisory or debt restructuring advisory.
Strong analytical skills.
Sound knowledge of credit analysis, structuring and financing products used in LBO/cash flow financing.
Ability to work quickly and accurately under time pressure.
Ability to work effectively in a team and to communicate articulately with colleagues and clients.
Strong Microsoft Office skills essential including advanced Excel.
Excellent English language skills (written and spoken).
Sound understanding of, and ability to analyse, key accounting statements: P&L, BS, CF statement, etc.
Excellent financial modelling skills in Excel with a good foundation of building (and working with) leveraged finance models.
Sound credit analysis skills.
Able to produce clear and accurate presentations as well as any other relevant client documentation.
Able to work under pressure to meet challenging deadlines and make decisions.
Able to manage a portfolio of projects.
Confident when interfacing with clients.
Well versed in working with a team of professionals and maintaining and developing contacts/relationships.
Focused on achieving success in individual and team projects.
Approachable and able to relate to people at all levels of the organisation.
Experience within both corporate and private equity deals.