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Investment Banking Associate (Experienced) - Financial Services

Areas of Interest:

Investment Banking

Location:

Chicago, Illinois, New York, New York

Date Posted:

Nov-29-2017

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Company Description:

William Blair is a global investment banking and asset management firm. 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 based in Chicago and, together with its strategic partners, operates in more than 20 offices worldwide. For more information, please visit williamblair.com.

About the Team:

Our global footprint provides opportunities to deliver highly strategic advice to market-leading companies around the world. Guided by our unwavering commitment to our clients’ success and motivated by our vision to build the premier global boutique investment bank, we provide the industry’s brightest minds with the opportunity to thrive in an energetic, entrepreneurial environment and team-oriented culture.  Our mission is to provide bold, creative advice to clients and leadership in our markets and our communities.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:

Small deal teams and our focus on high-growth companies afford Associates the unique opportunity to work directly with senior-level client executives and top-level bankers. Associates assume a critical role in the entire transaction process, including the initial pitch, due diligence, preparing a written prospectus or memorandum, meeting with potential investors/buyers, negotiating key terms, closing the deal and maintaining the client relationship. 

In general, our Associates work on a variety of transactions, including M&A advisory assignments, equity offerings, private equity placements, and strategic options studies.

William Blair & Company's environment is unique in the investment banking profession. While the work is rigorous and demands a high level of commitment, the firm maintains an open, cooperative and collegial atmosphere. Most Associates at William Blair & Company have MBA degrees and can demonstrate strong evidence of academic and professional achievement in previous endeavors. We look for candidates who are effective at working in a team environment, and who are interested in a long-term career with William Blair & Company. 
 

Qualifications:

  • At least one year as an investment banking associate required.
  • Financial Services sector experience preferred
  • Internship or prior work experience in financial services industry preferred. 
  • Proven track record in university studies required. 
  • Series 79 and 63 licenses required within 90 days of hire. 
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical abilities. 
  • Excellent mathematical, writing, verbal and computer skills. 
  • Ability to adapt to new tasks with little notice. 
  • Ability to manage expectations of senior bankers while working on projects simultaneously. 
  • General understanding of accounting and finance. 
  • Committed to satisfying internal and external customers.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

As a William Blair associate, you’ll enjoy Medical, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, along with a generous profit sharing program that includes a 401K plan in addition to a firm contribution. We also offer three weeks of vacation, flexible spending accounts, a business casual dress code, a 75% discounted commissions on trades, and discounts at restaurants, museums, parks and retailers.

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, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military service or on the basis of a physical or mental disability that is unrelated to the employee's ability to perform the duties of the job applied for.

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