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Corporate Development at a Private Equity-Owned Portfolio Company: The Best of Operations and Finance?

There’s one question we get over and over: “How can I get into private equity?” It doesn’t matter what the market is doing, what bonuses are like, or if there’s a financial crisis – everyone wants to get into private equity all the time. The bad news is that it’s not likely to happen because […]
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Marketing: The Most “Creative” Investment Banking Exit Opportunity?

Marketing?!! Probably not the first department that springs to mind when you think of “investment banking exit opportunities.” But if you’ve ever dreamed of becoming Don Draper and continuing to hone your Level 99 Excel skills at the same time, it might be right up your alley. In the 1960s, marketing actually resembled Mad Men: a bunch […]
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If a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Managing Director (MD) Fight to the Death, Who Comes Out Alive?

Nicolas is the founder of 300 Finance Gurus and has advised more than 100 clients on their cover letters and resumes. He also provides strategies on networking, LinkedIn and interview preparation for clients in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Private Equity (full bio at the bottom of this article.) The deathmatch. It’s fun to play […]
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From Big 4 Transaction Advisory Services to Corporate Development at a Large Financial Institution: Half the Audits and Twice the Money?

If you want to work in corporate development and have a reasonable lifestyle, solid pay, and hang out with Ron Conway and Ashton Kutcher while turning down multi-billion dollar acquisition offers (just kidding – read the article I linked to), one option is to suffer your way through investment banking and break in after working […]
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A Week in the Life of a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Manager, Thursday and Friday: How to Present Your 3-Year Strategy Plan to the CEO

This is the second part of “A Week in the Life of a Financial Planning & Analysis Manager” – if you missed Part One, click here to catch up. The first 3 days of this week were all about setup and preparation: consolidating financials and plans from different European countries and getting ready to tell […]
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A Week in the Life of a Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Manager, Monday to Wednesday: 3-Year Strategy Plans, Loopy CFOs, and Midnight Excel Marathons

In theory, corporate finance is supposed to offer “better hours” and “less stress” than investment banking… And it’s a nice theory most of the time: my last feature on 24 hours in a life of a Corporate Finance analyst spelled out a typical quiet Friday at the office. And then we looked at how much […]
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A Day in the Life of a Corporate Finance Analyst: Casual Friday, Mocking Consultants, and “Critical Emergencies”

Nicolas is the founder of 300 Finance Gurus and has advised more than 100 clients on their cover letters and resumes. He also provides strategies on networking, LinkedIn and interview preparation for clients in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Private Equity (full bio at the bottom of this article.) Warning: This article doesn’t feature models […]
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Wheeling, Dealing, and Joint Venturing: On the Job in Corporate Development

Last time around you learned all about how to break into corporate development – from getting interviews to answering questions to following up successfully. But just as with sales & trading, the more interesting part is what you do on a daily basis in corporate development, what the lifestyle is like, how much you get paid, […]
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