I work as a corporate finance analyst in a Nordic investment bank. Our company offers advisory services in different kinds of corporate transactions, focusing on M&A and debt financing. Our customer base consists of private equity as well as both private and public companies, often with a cross-boarder twist. In general, my main role is to be a part of the assigned deal team, with responsibilities ranging from presentation material preparation to financial modelling and deal structuring, including also substantial amount of preparatory material gathering and planning.
My work is focused around projects, and thus the phase of the project greatly dictates what my day is like. During the early stages, a lot of the work is focused around preparatory meetings and material gathering. As the project continues, work is more focused on preparing financial models and presenting outcomes and recommendations in constructive manner. During the later phases, you will be able to take part in management presentations and deal negotiations.
In my work I am able to work with talented individuals, who trust one of the most important processes in their professional career in to our hands. As a member of the deal team, I am able to participate and influence the outcome of this process. In addition, as you thrive to succeed from bottom-up, you can quickly see your responsibilities growing within the team.
Job as a corporate finance analyst is unpredictable and governing, sometimes requiring compromises with other activities in your life.
By doing your best in learning from more senior colleagues, and by not being afraid to ask questions (after putting some time in actually thinking about it yourself).