Do you believe the league tables?
In other words, if one country or industry has a lot of deal activity, does that mean there are substantial M&A deals there?
You might say, “Yes,” or, perhaps, “They’re not perfect, but the league tables are roughly correct.”
But there are always exceptions.
One big example is Ireland, where the deal lists might have you believing that the country is a hotbed for massive pharmaceutical M&A deals.
But the story on the ground is quite different since these companies are not really in Ireland – they’re headquartered there simply for tax purposes.
And actual Irish investment banks are rarely involved with these transactions.
So to get the real story on investment banking, M&A, and private equity in Ireland, I recently sat down with a reader who works in corporate finance there.
Among other topics, we delve into:
- What the finance industry is like, including the most common deal types and industries.
- The top firms, both local and global, and how Big 4 firms compare with investment banks.
- The most common paths into the industry, and why accountants get so much love.
- Similarities and differences with UK-based firms.
Breaking Into Corporate Finance in Ireland