Amit, Advisory trainee and former placement student, London

Amit

Advisory trainee and former placement student, London

On my university placement year, I gained lots of experience, working with entrepreneurial businesses and helping to project manage a major awards ceremony.

As part of our Corporate Finance Advisory team, I made a big contribution to live transactions across the business lifecycle. I supported disposals, acquisitions and management buy-outs ranging in value from £5 million to £100 million. It was challenging and hard work, but really rewarding.

I enjoyed lots of responsibility, helping to value businesses, assess financial capabilities and look at the strategic fit between firms and rationales for potential buyers. I also worked on crossborder deals from Norwegian fishing to Chinese fleet hire businesses.

'I got involved with training and real projects straightaway. Everyone was really welcoming and the mentorship and support I’ve received from my colleagues has been incredible.'

The real highlight was helping to manage the 2015 British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Awards for the Midlands region. I got to meet leaders at some of the UK’s most dynamic and ambitiously growing firms. While the winners were judged on the information I collated and produced.

Entrepreneurship is really encouraged here. During my placement, I was able to strengthen the relationship between our firm and my university through its professional mentoring scheme.

I loved my placement so much that I’ve now joined the rotational advisory programme in our London office. This will give me a great insight into different areas of advisory, including consultancy, deals and insolvency. It will help me become a well-rounded adviser and enable me to play my part in shaping a vibrant economy and achieving our vision of becoming the go-to firm for unlocking sustainable growth.

I’ve met inspirational people who are true leaders in their fields and made a real impact on UK businesses. Our culture is unique. You’re listened to. You have a voice. You’re given freedom. And we also have lots of fun.