Leading in a World Without Secrets

Leading in a World Without Secrets

Buried amid the furor of speculation about what results of the U.S. election mean for businesses is a fact that’s getting too little attention, but that CEOs and business leaders will definitely need to adjust to: it’s gotten much harder to keep your company’s secrets. Leaked communications that were presumed private at the time have apparently had a major impact […]

“I quit banking the day before my 40th birthday and I’m never going back”

“I quit banking the day before my 40th birthday and I’m never going back”

For 20 years until I was 40, I worked in financial services. I left university and I joined Credit Suisse’s equity trading desk for 11 years before moving to Alliance Bernstein and BTIG. I was working with amazing people and I had some amazing opportunities, but the day my 40th birthday, I quit. Now I’m an estate agent. I was always […]

Eight things bankers need to do in their 20s to succeed in their 30s

Eight things bankers need to do in their 20s to succeed in their 30s

If you’re a junior investment banker in your 20s, you need a career plan. That may be switching to private equity. It may be kicking off a fintech firm or starting a baby app. But if do you want to stick in investment banking, now is the time to do the groundwork. Juniorisation is all the rage in investment banking, particularly […]

Etam : petites culottes, grosse marge

Etam : petites culottes, grosse marge

Le leader français de la lingerie veut rentrer dans le club fermé des marques globales comme Zara ou H & M. Il a de bons atouts. Sur l’estrade, Pierre Milchior retient une petite larme. En mai 2016, au Centre Pompidou, 1.200 directrices de magasin surexcitées ont concocté une chanson surprise au président d’Etam pour fêter les 100 ans du groupe. […]

An honest account of working in the ‘promised land’ of private equity

An honest account of working in the ‘promised land’ of private equity

For junior investment bankers, the move across to private equity remains the promised land. Senior bankers advise against it, but there’s still something of a clamour to get into the buy-side early on in your career to escape the punishing hours in IBD and, in the long-run, get the big money from carried interest. But is it really that great? […]

Is the CFA Charter a waste of your time and money?

Is the CFA Charter a waste of your time and money?

It takes 900 hours (at least) and will cost you dear in lost social and family time, but will getting a CFA Charter really make a difference to your finance career? Not necessarily. We spoke to a selection of finance professionals who’ve slogged their way through it, and they’re not all enthusiasts. The leveraged finance professional: “I don’t regret it, […]

Les équipes d’investissement en private equity se féminisent doucement mais sûrement

Les équipes d’investissement en private equity se féminisent doucement mais sûrement

Pour la sixième année consécutive, le cabinet Deloitte et l’AFIC (Association Française des Investisseurs pour la Croissance) ont publié ce jeudi leur étude sur la place des femmes dans le capital-investissement. Conduite auprès de 100 investisseurs en capital membres de l’AFIC, ces travaux dressent un panorama de la dynamique de la mixité au sein de la profession en France en […]

Three big reasons why Western banks are struggling in Asia, by EY’s Keith Pogson

Three big reasons why Western banks are struggling in Asia, by EY’s Keith Pogson

Ask Keith Pogson, EY’s senior partner of APAC financial services, to sum up why Western investment banks are sliding down Asian revenue league tables and he’ll start with a short answer: “Firstly, commercial banks are eating their breakfast; secondly, Chinese corporates are eating their lunch; and thirdly, mainland banks are eating their dinner.” Then he delves into the detail. “The real […]