I'm currently an associate in real estate investment banking, but am looking to move on. I'd consider emerging market private equity (Africa/Asia ideally), including distressed debt analysis. Alternatively, I'd be interested in working for a developer in their corporate finance department. Eventually I would like to be involved in African real estate development projects, in a financial capacity, such as CEO or CFO. In the meanwhile (over the next three - five years). I haven't applied for anything in a while, but would appreciate knowing what you all think. What specific advice might you have for me in terms of missing experience?
Major international bank, London
Associate, real estate investment banking February 2007 to present
Evaluate cash flow covenants of listed developers and investment managers in, test for covenant breach and estimate liquidation value working with market professionals.
Assessed the accretive nature of various takeover targets for bidder; met with board member to discuss basis for cooperation, review combined portfolios for overlap and fit.
Organised a response to an RFP by a real estate company regarding its restructuring and value maximisation strategy, given its controlling interest in another market player.
Analysed major European real estate firm, built residual valuation model, mapped industry peer group, and presented competitive positioning to company CEO, CIO, CFO during IPO pitch.
Reviewed balance sheet and real estate (investment and development) property with CFO and Development Manager of client company.
Maintain relations among senior industry advisors and investors.
Software employed : FactSet Global, Bloomberg, Reuters, Mergermarket, Thomson Financial.
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Senior Surveyor, International Portfolio Valuations, (London) Sept 2005 to February 2007
Conduct multinational portfolio valuations; responsible for portfolio analysis and reporting.
Liaise with fund managers, lenders, lawyers, and other group European offices.
Coordinate supporting offices and manage overall reporting process.
Analyse portfolios for credit risk, leasing risk, and sector/geographic exposure.
Valued commercial and industrial property in Western Europe.
Use of Circle Visual Investor and Developer (now Argus), MS Excel.
(Same) Major real estate group
Analyst, Investment Brokerage, September 2005 to July 2006
Deal analysis (MS Excel modelling), origination and execution.
Oversaw "sealed bid" auction sale process; communicated with investors.
Introduced $60m in new business; explored joint opportunities with international offices.
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Student Intern, Office Lease Brokerage Summer 2004
Student Intern, Research Analyst Summer 2003
CFA Institute June 2008
Scheduled to challenge Level 2 examination June 2009
Level 1 First Time Pass
Financial News Training April 2008
Leveraged buyout modelling certificate
Advanced real estate modelling certificate
Financial Services Authority, London, England May 2007
Authorised and approved to provide formal advice in corporate finance
Major North American Business School; Sept 2003 - June 2005
Honours Business Administration, HBA, graduate with First Class Honours
North American Real Estate Association July 2004 - July 2006
Commercial Realtor, graduated with First Class stand (85%)
Major North American University Sept 2000 - April 2003
Studied Accounting, Investment Finance, achieved First Class stand (84%)
Committee member, Housing Initiative April 2008 - Present
Index global best practice in emerging market affordable housing schemes, develop and test policies through field work
To set and maintain meeting agendas, minutes
President, University Financial Services Society Sept 2003 to April 2005
Partially merged the three accounting clubs on campus to form one entity
Increased sponsorship and fee revenues by 500%; doubled membership
French (intermediate) ; Mandarin Chinese (elementary, ongoing study)
Reviewing opportunistic residential investments in UK, African developments
Mountaineering, chess, European football, snowboarding, surfing.
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