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What to Expect at a Startup-Focused Investment Bank in India

If you want to work with tech startups in the finance industry, you might assume that you have to be in venture capital. After all, technology investment banking groups work with larger, more established companies… right? That might be true in developed markets, but in some emerging markets, such as India, investment banks dedicated to […]
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Investment Banking in Australia: Perth vs. Sydney and Melbourne

Ever wish you had a “do-over?” Extra lives in a video game when you die for the final time? So do I. Especially when it comes to articles on this site written very early on that weren’t quite as thorough as more recent content. But unlike a character in a game, I have unlimited “do-overs” since I […]
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Investment Banking in Hong Kong vs. London: Got Tax Savings?

So, should you work in Asia? Or is it better to work in a major financial center in a developed country? The debate rages among university students, MBA students, and anonymous people online, so there’s only one way to settle this question: ask someone who’s had experience doing both. Our reader today worked across the […]
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Investment Banking and Private Equity in Mainland China: Land of the Surefire 100% IRR?

We’ve covered a surprising amount on finance in mainland China over the years, from foreigners getting into the industry against all odds to foreigners getting forced out of the industry, to undergraduates randomly getting month-long internships… But one common scenario is missing: what it’s like to grow up in China, work at a local Chinese […]
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How to Break Into Investment Banking and Private Equity in Singapore

Most of the time it is really, really, really hard to break into emerging markets if you’re a foreigner with no experience in the country and no language skills. But there are a few exceptions, such as Mexico, India (sometimes), and yes: Singapore. Singapore itself is not an “emerging market,” but when you work there […]
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From Physics Major with Low A-Levels and No Finance Experience in the UK to Investment Banking… in India

When I first started doing interviews about 3 years ago, one question in the comments of an early interview really surprised me… “Long time reader, first time poster, big fan of the site. Question – how do we know that these stories / case studies are true?” I see where he was coming from… many […]
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Investment Banking, Hong Kong Edition: The Best Place to Bank If You Know Mandarin?

If you take a second to look at the demographics for this site (see: right image), it’s no wonder that there’s so much interest in Hong Kong. We’ve featured a few interviews with readers who worked in other areas of finance there, but nothing specifically on investment banking – until today. Continuing our recent trend […]
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Investment Banking: Pakistan Edition

OK, I’ll admit it upfront: while this site has featured lots of interviews from readers in “hot” emerging markets such as China and India, I haven’t gotten too many requests for Pakistan. But this is such a good interview and has such specific information that I wanted to publish it anyway. Plus, the interviewee has […]
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Investment Banking in India: How to Break In Even If You’ve Been Out of School for 5+ Years and You Don’t Have a Finance Background

I get a lot of questions about this one, but everyone behind M&I is relatively clueless when it comes to India. Luckily, that’s not the case with our readers – many of whom work in the region or are planning to in the near future. This interview comes to you from a reader who landed […]
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Investment Banking: Australia Edition

NOTE: Please click here for an updated and more detailed overview of investment banking in Australia. I get a lot of questions on investment banking in different parts of the world. Since I based this site on my experience working in the US, there has been a North American bias in most of the articles […]
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