Metals & Mining Corporate Development and Investor Relations: Measured and Indicated Exit Opportunities?

8 Comments | Corporate Development & Corporate Finance - Groups & Regions

Metals & Mining Corporate DevelopmentWhat would you do to own your own gold mine?

Would you be willing to start out in a call center at a bank?

Or commute 2 hours each way to a remote branch of the bank, just to get better work?

What about hustling your way into the mining industry, even after you’ve had solid full-time finance experience?

The answer to all those better be “yes,” because our interviewee today – Jerry Huang – had to do all of that and more when he first broke into the industry.

I’m not sure if he owns a gold mine yet, but just give it a few hours…

Natural resources is always a “different” sector, and in this comprehensive interview he breaks down metals & mining corporate development and investor relations, including:

  • The windy path he took to break into metals & mining in Canada.
  • How recruiting differs in natural resources, especially at smaller companies.
  • What an average day in the corporate finance team of a natural resources company is like.
  • How JV and asset-level deals differ from acquisitions of entire companies, and how you think about each of them differently.

Let’s get the shovels out and start digging:

From Call Center to Corporate Development: Mining for Gold

Investment Banking to Sales at a Tech Start-Up: Do Deals and Make Bank Without Ever Staring at Excel Again?

22 Comments | Corporate Development & Corporate Finance - On the Job, Corporate Development & Corporate Finance - Recruiting

Investment Banking to Sales at a Tech Start-UpCan you use Excel to kill someone?

Maybe.

But it can definitely make to want to kill yourself.

Or at least think about quitting as you pull yet another all-nighter to finish yet another “urgent” model.

If that’s you, the finance industry is probably not for you.

But you might still like working on deals in a fast-paced environment.

If you do, you have a lot in common with today’s interviewee: Nick Seaver, who moved from investment banking into an Account Executive role in the sales team at Clarizen, Inc.

Sales gets a bad reputation because people hear the word and immediately think of Glengarry Glen Ross, or pushy car salesmen.

But selling software to enterprise customers is a completely different ball game.

And it’s a great opportunity to get paid well, work in a team you like, and spend your time talking to people rather than staring at spreadsheets.

If you find a good enough role, you might even turn down multiple PE and HF offers to accept it – like our interviewee did:

How to Turn Down Multiple Private Equity and Hedge Fund Offers and Live to Tell the Tale

From Community College to Fortune 500 Investor Relations: How to Defy the Odds Even When Everyone Tells You “No”

20 Comments | Case Studies & Reader Success Stories - From Non-Target Schools and Low Grades, Corporate Development & Corporate Finance - Recruiting

From Community College to Fortune 500 Investor RelationsThe “path.”

It never seems to die.

And neither does the assumption that you need to follow a certain “path” to get into the finance industry.

It’s like a cockroach: no matter how many times I drop nuclear bombs on it, it just won’t stay dead.

That’s why I wanted to share this story of a reader who did almost everything wrong in the beginning…

…But still managed to win a highly competitive offer in the corporate finance / investor relations team of a Fortune 500 company.

Forget about being from a “non-target school” – he originally attended a community college.

Forget about the recruiting process taking “months and months” – it took him almost 2 years.

And forget about being “discouraged” by your networking contacts – one guy actually told him: “You didn’t go to Harvard, so I don’t know what to tell you.”

But he overcame all that to break in anyway.

And here’s how he did it, along with a detailed explanation of investor relations interviews:

From Community College to CFO Consigliere