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William Blair & Company
in Chicago, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 25 May 20
William Blair & Company
in Chicago, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 25 May 20
Investment Banking
Investment Banking - Equity Capital Markets Summer Analyst 2021 Areas of Interest:

Internship, Investment Banking


Chicago, Illinois

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William Blair is a premier global boutique with expertise in investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is headquartered in Chicago and, together with its strategic partners, operates in more than 20 offices worldwide.

About the Team:

About William Blair Investment Banking

William Blairs investment banking group enables corporations, financial sponsors, owner/entrepreneurs, and governments around the world to achieve their growth, liquidity, and financing objectives. Drawing on the collective intellectual capital and deep sector expertise of a global team that reaches across more than 15 cities on five continents, we bring a rigorous and innovative approach to corporate board advisory projects, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt financing.

Group Overview

The Equity Capital Markets (ECM) group is responsible for originating, structuring and executing equity and equity-linked transactions on behalf of the firms corporate and financial sponsor clients. Typical transactions include IPOs, follow-ons, convertibles, private placements, and spin-offs. ECM professionals sit at the confluence of Investment Banking coverage and Sales & Trading to lead equity and equity-linked transactions across all industry groups
Job Summary & Responsibilities:

About the summer analyst role

William Blair is the ideal environment for individuals who enjoy working in a dynamic environment that demands quick learning, independent thinking, and taking ownership of projects.

As a summer analyst at William Blair, you will receive a unique opportunity to work with current analysts, associates, and senior bankers over the course of the 10-week program. In a short period of time, summer analysts gain a high level of experience and exposure within the firm and are able to play an integral role in various deals.

Summer analysts take on all functions of a full-time analyst, including financial modeling and analysis, industry and company research, and involvement with client communications and meetings. The summer program also includes internal training, community service, and social events. After completion of the program, we hope to have most of our summer analysts join us as full-time analysts upon graduation.


  • Work alongside Managing Directors, Directors, and Vice Presidents in ECM Origination and across sector coverage groups to originate and execute equity and equity-linked offerings across William Blairs client coverage universe.
  • Financial Analysis.  Conduct client and comparable company financial analysis and modeling on market capacity for issuers of equity or equity-linked securities with general supervision. Also expected to conduct detailed analyses on various other equity considerations including share buybacks and dividend policies.
  • Research.  Research current and prospective client companies, comparable companies and transactions, and potential institutional investors; monitor and research capital markets; update client and equity databases; track capital markets trends including industry/sector holding trends and deal participation trends.
  • Drafting Transaction-Related Documents.  Support ECM Origination and sector coverage groups in preparing commitment committee, filing, and selling memorandums, and investor targeting materials. Work alongside Equity Syndicate, Institutional Sales & Trading, and Research during offering execution process to coordinate feedback on deal messaging, company peers, and the capital markets broadly.
  • Preparing Client Proposals and Presentations.  Compile and prepare appropriate marketing materials detailing the William Blair ECM perspective and recommendation on the capital markets, and highlighting William Blairs equity and distribution platform. Also, prepare and supervise external marketing initiatives which include both weekly and quarterly publications.
  • Participate in other projects as requested by management


Educational Requirements:

Pursuing undergraduate bachelors degree with anticipated graduation between December 2021 June 2022

U.S. work authorization is required

Undergraduate major: all majors considered

Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above preferred, but open to all applicants

General understanding of accounting and finance

Strong analytical and quantitative skills


Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

Strong computer skills, specifically Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Adaptability to a constantly changing environment and ability to manage through change with a high degree of emotional maturity

Highly motivated, detail oriented, team player

Willingness to be located in Chicago

Steps required to complete your application:

  1. Submit an application on our website for the ECM summer analyst position
  2. Once your application on our website is complete, you will receive a link to complete our pre-interview assessment, which will need to be completed within 48 hours

William Blair is an equal opportunity employer. It complies with all laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in employment practice because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, marital status, sex, age, national origin, unfavorable discharge from military service, or on the basis of a physical or mental disability that is unrelated to the employees ability to perform the duties of the job applied for.

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