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Debt Capital Markets (DCM) 101: Recruiting, On the Job, Exit Opportunities, and More

NOTE: This is a revamped and updated version of an older article on Debt Capital Markets. Since the time of the original article, we’ve added a lot of content about this topic and wanted to provide a more detailed overview and list of resources. If someone tells you, “I work in Debt Capital Markets (DCM),” […]
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Equity Capital Markets (ECM) 101: How You Get In, What You Do, and What You Do Next

If you hear the words “Equity Capital Markets (ECM),” you might immediately think of initial public offerings (IPOs) and companies raising billions of dollars in huge stock-market debuts. But there’s a lot more to the group than breaking records and making headlines in the process. Like other capital markets teams at banks, ECM groups can […]
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The Restructuring Zone: Banker Meets Lawyer and Gets Married in a Shotgun Wedding?

A broken business model, a discarded piece of manufacturing equipment that still has 80% of its useful life, and a determined reader, pursuing expertise in restructuring. This is not just another industry or product group article. This is: The Restructuring Zone. Normally, restructuring investment banking is known as a standalone group – but every now and […]
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Corporate Banking 101: Create Twice the Value and Work Half the Hours?

Do you want to create more value? How about work less? You probably don’t associate either one of those with investment banking, and for good reason: banking analysts spend way too many hours on a single model and run through over 77 revisions of a presentation… and that all-important meeting often gets postponed or canceled […]
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Structured Finance: Debt Raising Made Easy, or Financial Weapon of Mass Destruction?

Last time around, there was some controversy over whether or not Structured Finance was evil. “Evil,” of course, meaning that it caused the financial crisis. This time around, our interviewee addresses that question and responds to even more of my passive-aggressive interviewing techniques – plus a whole lot more. Here’s what you’ll learn in part […]
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Structured Finance 101: What It Is and How You Break In

I’ve gotten requests to cover dozens of different topics – some of which are easy to find information on, and others that require Jack Bauer-style interrogation techniques to find clues. In the latter category is Structured Finance – look around online and you’ll find dozens of different definitions and contradictory descriptions of what it is […]
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Industry Groups vs. Product Groups: Got Exit Opps?

“Yo, M&A is the best, right?” “Why would you ever take an industry group over M&A or Leveraged Finance? Don’t you want to buy entire countries when you move into PE?” “If you’re not modeling you’ll get bottom-tier bonus!” Ah, yes: the industry group vs. product group debate. Just like the debate over cardio vs. […]
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All About Leveraged Finance – from a Director in the UBS Leveraged Finance Team

It’s finally here – that Leveraged Finance interview you’ve been asking for since we started this interview series. Unlike every other interview on the site, this one is not anonymous – it’s a discussion with Josh Pearl, a Director in Leveraged Finance at UBS Investment Bank and co-author of a great technical reference guide, Investment Banking: […]
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What You Do In Equity Capital Markets, Part 2: The Equity Syndicate

We continue our discussion of different groups in investment banking today by learning all about a group you might not have even heard of before: the equity syndicate. While it’s more niche than some of the others we’ve looked at (M&A, ECM…), that also makes it interesting and worth discussing. To make things even more […]
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Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking: What You Do Every Day

One question I’ve been getting lately is, “What do you actually do in XYZ group at a bank?” And since everyone still wants to be in Mergers & Acquisitions, “M&A” is the most commonly requested group. I had assumed that if you found a site like this, you would just naturally know what you do […]
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