Food and Beverage Investment Banking: The Best Way to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too?

2 Comments | Investment Banking Groups & Regions - Industry Groups

Food and Beverage Investment BankingThere’s one product that fuels investment banking analysts and associates above all else: Red Bull.

And, to a lesser extent, takeout ordered from GrubHub Seamless / America To Go.

So what could be better than advising the companies that help you survive your job on a daily basis?

Nothing, really, which is what makes the food & beverage investment banking coverage group so attractive.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

  • How to get into the food & beverage group.
  • How to analyze companies in the food, beverage, supermarket, and restaurant industries.
  • What types of deals and advisory assignments are most common.
  • Where to go after you’ve had your fill and you’re looking for dessert.

You Are What You Eat: Getting a Seat at the Table

Agricultural Finance: The Hottest and Most Overlooked Asset Class in the World?

9 Comments | Private Equity & The Buy-Side - Groups & Regions

Agricultural Finance JobsWhen you hear the words “agricultural finance,” your first thought might be:

“Who cares? I don’t want to be a farmer!

I had the same reaction when a reader contacted me about this one.

But as I started to learn more about it, I got really interested:

  • It’s possible to earn 20% IRRs without leverage…
  • The sector has outperformed broader stock indexes (in certain periods)…
  • Few professional investors have started paying attention…
  • And most importantly: even if there’s a zombie invasion, people still need to eat.

And if all the humans are wiped out, the zombies will still need to eat – so agriculture will be a great opportunity no matter the outcome.

Read on to learn about everything above, plus how you can go from “Theoretical Physics Major” in Australia to agriculture financier in emerging markets:

From Physics to Farming… and Finance?

The Top 5 Mistakes You’re Making in Buy-Side Interviews, and How to Fix Them and Win Offers

2 Comments | Private Equity & The Buy-Side - Interviews and Case Studies

Top 5 Buy-Side Interview MistakesAn island.

Your own beach in Thailand.

“Working on the buy-side.”

We tend to focus on the end result rather than the process to get there.

At least, that’s my theory behind the sheer quantity of bad answers I’ve heard in private equity, hedge fund, and other buy-side mock interviews over the past year.

Your thought process, whether conscious or subconscious, might be something like:

Aha. I worked in investment banking, therefore I should move to the buy-side next. It’s my destiny!”

And then when the interview comes along, you answer all the questions “fine” – at least in your own mind – but then fail to get a call-back.

You could have made many mistakes.

But if I had to guess, it would be one or more of the 5 most common buy-side interview mistakes I’ve seen and heard:

Mistake #1: Failing to Form an OPINION on Deals / Clients / Investments