CV: Cass Business School MSc who wants to work in M&A. SCORE=75%

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09/2011 - 07/2012 - Cass Business School, MSc in Banking and International Finance

09/2008 - 07/2011 - Leicester Business School, First Class Honours, BA in Financial Management

09/2006 - 07/2008 - Architecture B, Business Studies B, Geography B

Work Experience

06/2011 - 09/2011 - Allianz Global Investors, 16 week internship. Assisting on current projects, client contact, market research, data research, creating company profiles, info memorandums, client and pitch presentations

01/2010 - 06/2011- Corporate Finance boutique, 18 month part time M&A analyst, creating and checking pitch books, doing market and company research, creating long and short lists, data research, creating data rooms

08/2010 - 09/2010 - Insurance firm, 4 week internship, assisting on current projects, matching claims and payouts, preparing reports.

07/2010 - 08/2010 - Private bank, 4 week internship within the Asset Management division, creating company profiles, info memorandums, client and pitch presentations, data research

Extracurricular Activities

2012 Participant Next Generation Forum Future & Finance, Frankfurt, Germany

2012 Participant Campus for Finance Private Equity Conference, Vallendar, Germany

2011 - 2012 Active Member in Cass Business School's Finance, M&A, Consulting and Entrepreneurs Societies

2010 - present Long/short multi asset fund

1-year return: 450%, 6-month return: 240%

Additional Qualifications and Awards

2012 Bloomberg Certification in Equity, Fixed Income, FX and Commodity Essentials

2011 Sir Stelios Scholar

2011 7City Training in Financial Modelling

Information Technology

MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) very good

Bloomberg very good

FAME intermediate

Factset basic knowledge


English - mother tongue

French - basic knowledge

Our evaluator’s comments: 


An experienced M&A banker who’s participated in the graduate recruitment process, says:

Overall this quite a strong CV – the presentation / formatting could be a little better (larger font size, more standard font) – which may seem picky, but these things matter in M&A, where he will spend a lot of time doing exactly that!

Decent academics (although not really outstanding) and lots of work experience not just of the M&A side of investment banking but also capital markets – relevant and shows work ethic. He has shaped non-M&A work to fit the M&A role (“company profiles” are mentioned several times and these are the analysts bread-and-butter) however I’d want to know what kind of profiles they were and how detailed / relevant they were to Corporate Finance.

I’m pretty sure this CV will get him a few interviews, although stronger grades would have made him no-brainer to meet with.

This demonstrates conviction although I’d have liked to read his cover note – perhaps he didn’t know that including one would be helpful. In it, and later at interview, I’d like to see him draw together the threads of his varied work experience into a convincing story about why he wants to work in M&A, and not accounting, Private Equity, Asset Management or Markets. I’d also ask him how he managed to achieve such him returns on his equities portfolio as they seem almost too good to be true!

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