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Shez Bandukwala

Managing Director, KPMG Corporate Finance

Commit yourself to trying to find a job in investment banking and focus all your recruiting efforts. It will show through to those hiring and you will learn a lot, even from rejection.

Tell us a bit about your position and what you do on a day-to-day basis.

I’m a managing director in the investment banking practice. I focus primarily on M&A for middle market companies in the industrial sectors. I am responsible for business origination as well as running the execution team for transactions.

What is your background and how did you get into this role?

I’ve been an investment banker for over 26 years ever since business school.

What do you enjoy the most about your job and what are the biggest challenges?

The most rewarding aspect is to be able to do a deal that transforms the lives of the sellers. It is often the most important deal they will ever work on and it solicits their utmost focus. The biggest challenge is all the elements that you can’t control that impact your ability to do the job, such as the equity and debt markets and government regulation.

What are the top skills you’d look for when hiring a financial analyst for your team?

Work ethic, resourcefulness, and intellectual curiosity.

What advice do you have for students and job seekers who want to work in this field?

Focus. Commit yourself to trying to find a job in investment banking and focus all your recruiting efforts. It will show through to those hiring and you will learn a lot, even from rejection.

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