Corporate & Investment Banking

Corporate & Investment Banking

Selby Jennings is a Leading Quant Recruitment Partner for Corporate & Investment Banking

Our global Corporate & Investment Banking team provides permanent, contract, and multi-hire recruitment from our offices across three continents.

For nearly 20 years, clients and candidates have had peace of mind that their specialist Corporate & Investment Banking recruitment process is in safe hands.

From streamlining processes and upskilling workforces, to staying cutting edge by employing flexible work models, our quant recruiters advise enterprise leaders on when to strike and how. We also provide expert insights to Investment Banking professionals on benchmarking benefits packages and salaries, and assist them through their career moves.

Whether you’re interested in securing the very best Corporate Banking talent or you’re an investment banker looking for Investment Banking Associate jobs, Corporate Banking Analyst jobs, or Corporate Banking entry-level jobs, the Selby Jennings Corporate & Investment Banking team connects exceptional talent to industry-leading clients.

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We are a specialist quant headhunter talent partner. Among the many benefits of working with Selby Jennings’ global Corporate & Investment Banking team are:

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We have nearly 20 years of experience as a leading Corporate & Investment Banking recruiter in financial sciences & services.

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A vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, working with the world’s largest financial institutions to innovative fintech start-ups and beyond.​

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Our award-winning talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends and industry news to help you achieve your goals.

At Selby Jennings, we believe in fostering long-term partnerships based on trust, integrity, and mutual success. Our quant recruiters strive to provide personalized solutions tailored to your specific requirements, offering flexible options to accommodate your Investment Banking hiring preferences. Whether you need to fill critical positions quickly or are seeking strategic talent acquisition solutions, we have the resources and expertise to deliver results. Submit your vacancy to us today.

Take the first step towards overcoming your talent shortage today by completing the form. Our quant recruitment team looks forward to speaking with you to explore how we can partner with your organization to meet your Corporate & Investment Banking recruitment needs efficiently and effectively.

Corporate & Investment Banking Jobs

The finance world is evolving, and Corporate & Investment Banking professionals are key players in this arena. Teaming up with Selby Jennings, who has deep insights into Corporate & Investment Banking, can elevate your career in the Banking and Financial Services sector. Review our current Corporate & Investment Banking vacancies or submit your CV/resume, and one of our consultants will be in touch when an opportunity matches your profile.

Investment Banking(M&A) - Snr Associate, Healthcare

My client, a global European Investment Bank, is looking to hire a senior associate to join the Healthcare M&A Advisory team based in Paris! This is an exceptional opportunity to join a growing organisation with a strong focus on growing their healthcare teams across the junior and senior levels. If you're ready to take your career to the next level and contribute to shaping the future of healthcare apply today! Your responsibilities will include: Conducting rigorous financial analysis, due diligence, and valuation assessments for potential healthcare M&A transactions. Assisting in the development of detailed financial models, forecasts, and presentations. Collaborating closely with senior team members to identify and evaluate investment opportunities within the healthcare sector. Conducting research on healthcare industry trends, regulations, and market dynamics to support decision-making. Preparing comprehensive reports and presentations for clients and stakeholders. Requirements: A strong academic background in finance, economics, or a related field. Exceptional analytical and quantitative skills. A genuine interest in the healthcare industry and an understanding of its unique challenges and opportunities. Proficiency in financial modelling and analysis. Strong attention to detail and excellent communication skills. French fluency. If you are an Investment Banking senior associate with a strong interest in the healthcare sector, we invite you to apply today!

Negotiable
Paris
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Investment Banking(M&A) - VP/Director, Healthcare

My client, a global European Investment Bank, is looking to hire a VP/Director to join the Healthcare M&A Advisory team based in Paris! This is an exceptional opportunity to join a growing organisation with a strong focus on growing their Healthcare teams across the junior and senior levels. If you're ready to take your career to the next level and contribute to shaping the future of healthcare apply today! Your responsibilities will include: Leading end-to-end M&A transactions within the healthcare sector. Identifying and assessing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, and structuring deals. Building and nurturing strong relationships with clients and industry stakeholders. Collaborating with a dynamic team of experts to drive successful transactions. Providing strategic guidance to clients on M&A strategies and opportunities. Requirements: A robust background in investment banking, with a focus on healthcare M&A. Deep industry knowledge and an extensive network within the healthcare sector. Strong financial modelling, valuation, and deal structuring skills. Exceptional communication, negotiation, and presentation abilities. A proven ability to lead and mentor junior team members. French fluency. If you are a healthcare investment banking expert ready to make a meaningful impact, we invite you to apply today!

Negotiable
Paris
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MD - Funds & Asset Management, Restructuring

My client is a global financial services firm which provides corporate finance and restructuring advisory to clients. They're looking to add an MD to their team as an expansion effort of their global restructuring business. Responsibilities: Leading and developing a Funds & Asset Management practice, within a restructuring business Leverage on existing internal network and external relationships to originate transactions Lead, supervise, and train other team members Growing the PnL for the team Actively liaise with internal and external stakeholders Requirements Strong knowledge and experience within funds & asset management, restructuring, and the relevant regulatory and legislative framework Degree in accounting, finance, or other relevant spaces, CPA or CA qualification will be preferred Good track record of revenue origination Strong network of contacts with financial sponsors, international and local law firms, corporates, and other relevant clients

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Hong Kong
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Senior Relationship Manager - Local Corporates

Overview: Our client is a global international bank and they are seeking for a motivated and experienced Relationship Manager to join their Commercial Banking team. As a Relationship Manager, you will be responsible for managing and growing a portfolio of local corporate clients. Your primary objective will be to build strong relationships with these clients, understand their financial needs, and provide them with tailored banking solutions to support their business growth. Responsibilities: Develop and maintain strong relationships with a portfolio of local corporate clients Understand client's business models, industry dynamics, and financial goals to provide personalised banking solutions. Conduct regular client meetings to review their financial performance, identify opportunities, and address any concerns or challenges. Proactively cross-sell and promote a wide range of banking products and services to meet client's needs and maximise revenue generation. Identify and pursue new business opportunities within the local corporate market segment. Conduct market research and analysis to identify potential clients and industry trends. Collaborate with internal stakeholders, such as credit analysts and product specialists, to structure and present compelling proposals to prospective clients. Work closely with the credit team to prepare credit proposals, ensuring compliance with the bank's policies and guidelines. Monitor client's credit exposure and proactively manage any potential risks or issues. Meet and exceed individual and team targets for revenue growth, profitability, and portfolio quality. Ensure compliance with all applicable banking regulations, policies, and procedures. Requirements: Bachelor's degree in finance, business administration, or a related field. Proven experience as a Relationship Manager Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills. Strong relationship-building skills and ability to foster collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. Fluent in Chinese/Cantonese is required

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Hong Kong
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FIG M&A VP Paris

Are you looking for a new challenge in the financial sector? Do you have experience in mergers and acquisitions, especially in the financial institutions group (FIG) sector? If so, you might be interested in this opportunity. We are working with a FIG M&A boutique Investment Bank based in Paris. The firm is expanding and is looking for a Vice President to join their team. As a VP, you will be responsible for: Leading the execution of complex M&A transactions across Europe, from origination to closing Managing client relationships and providing strategic advice on deal opportunities, valuation, and structuring Supervising and mentoring juniors and ensuring high-quality deliverables Developing new business opportunities and expanding the network of contacts in the FIG sector To be considered for this role, you should have: At least 6 years of experience in M&A, preferably in FIG or related sectors Strong financial modelling, valuation, and analytical skills Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills Fluency in French & English A degree in finance, economics, business, or a related field from a top-tier university If you are passionate about FIG M&A and want to work in a dynamic environment with excellent deal flow and high exposure, we would love to hear from you! To apply, please submit your resume. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Negotiable
Paris
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Investment Banking Analyst - M&A

Title: Investment Banking Analyst - M&A Location: Greenwich, Connecticut Our client, a boutique investment bank is looking for several experienced Analysts to join their firm in Greenwich, CT. This opportunity will offer exposure to large-cap M&A transactions. *If you're looking to join a boutique with large-cap M&A deal flow, this is the perfect opportunity for you* The role will involve the following: Preparing and delivering presentation materials Performing extensive valuation, due-diligence, and pricing analysis Interfacing with clients and buyers Working alongside junior members of the deal team as well as best-in-class Managing Director's Playing key role in all aspects of M&A execution Requirements: Previous Bulge Bracket M&A, ECM, DCM and/or Leveraged Finance experience is strongly preferred Excellent interpersonal skill set Ability to work autonomously in a fast-paced yet collaborative environment Bachelors degree in Finance, Math, or Economics Advanced proficiency in Excel, Microsoft Office, Word, & Powerpoint If you're an investment banking Analyst with Bulge Bracket experience please click the link to apply - our team is looking forward to discussing this unique opportunity with you! Salary Range: $85,000 - 100,000

US$85000 - US$100000 per year
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Investment Banking(M&A) - Healthcare, VP

Are you a healthcare industry expert with a passion for mergers and acquisitions? Do you have a proven track record in driving successful transactions in the mid-market segment? If you're ready to take your career to the next level and contribute to shaping the future of healthcare, we invite you to join our team as a healthcare Vice President for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A). The Role: As a Healthcare VP M&A, you will play a pivotal role in our mission to transform the healthcare landscape. Your responsibilities will include: Leading end-to-end M&A transactions within the healthcare sector. Identifying and assessing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, and structuring deals. Building and nurturing strong relationships with clients and industry stakeholders. Collaborating with a dynamic team of experts to drive successful transactions. Providing strategic guidance to clients on M&A strategies and opportunities. Requirements: A robust background in investment banking, with a focus on healthcare M&A. Deep industry knowledge and an extensive network within the healthcare sector. Strong financial modelling, valuation, and deal structuring skills. Exceptional communication, negotiation, and presentation abilities. A proven ability to lead and mentor junior team members. If you are an Investment Banking VP Healthcare specialist, looking to join a growing plaform, apply today!

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London
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Sustainable Tech,M&A - VP

Are you passionate about driving positive change through sustainable technology? Do you have a strong background in investment banking and a knack for strategic mergers and acquisitions? If so, we invite you to be a vital part of our dynamic team as an Investment Banking Vice President, specialising in Sustainable Tech M&A. The Role: As an Investment Banking Vice President, you will play a pivotal role in driving our Sustainable Tech M&A efforts. Your responsibilities will include: Leading complex M&A transactions from start to finish. Identifying and evaluating investment opportunities within the sustainable technology sector. Conducting thorough due diligence, financial modelling, and risk analysis. Building and maintaining strong client relationships. Collaborating with cross-functional teams to deliver innovative solutions. Providing strategic guidance to clients on sustainable investment opportunities. Requirements: A proven track record in investment banking, with a focus on M&A. Deep expertise in the sustainable technology sector. Strong financial modelling and valuation skills. Excellent communication and negotiation abilities. A passion for sustainability and the drive to make a positive impact. If you are VP specialised in Sustainable Tech/Renewables, that is looking to join a global and growing team, please apply today!

Negotiable
London
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FIG(M&A)Analyst/Associate, Elite Boutique

My client, a top tier elite boutique, is looking to hire Associates and VPs to join their growing Financial Institutions Group (FIG) based in London! The FIG sector is the largest and most reputable sector within the brand, as well as the highest revenue generating team in London! The team's stature is further emphasized by their remarkable achievements including league table dominance dating back to 2010, as well as top position in deal volume. If you are a FIG Associate/VP and aspire to work with the best, apply today! The Role: As a FIG M&A expert, you will be at the forefront of driving transformative transactions and strategic initiatives for leading financial institutions. Your primary responsibilities will include: ✓ Leading end-to-end execution of M&A transactions, leveraging your expertise in FIG sector dynamics and market trends. ✓ Conducting thorough financial analysis, due diligence, and valuation modeling to support strategic decision-making. ✓ Collaborating closely with cross-functional teams to provide expert advice on deal structuring, negotiations, and regulatory considerations. ✓ Developing and maintaining strong client relationships, acting as a trusted advisor to senior executives in the financial services industry. ✓ Staying ahead of industry developments, identifying new business opportunities, and contributing to thought leadership initiatives. Desired Qualifications: To thrive in this role, you should possess the following qualifications: ✓ Extensive experience in FIG M&A, investment banking, or corporate finance, preferably within a top-tier financial institution or advisory firm. ✓ Proven track record of executing complex transactions, demonstrating deep knowledge of FIG sector dynamics and regulatory frameworks. ✓ Strong financial modeling and analytical skills, combined with excellent attention to detail and ability to draw meaningful insights from complex data. ✓ Exceptional communication and presentation skills, enabling you to effectively engage with clients, colleagues, and senior stakeholders. ✓ A proactive mindset, with the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple assignments simultaneously. If you are an ambitious Associate/VP with a passion for FIG M&A and seek an opportunity to work with the best team in the market, we want to hear from you!

Negotiable
London
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Investment Banking - Consumer Associate

Are you ready to take the next step in your career and join a prestigious multinational US mid-market Investment Bank? My client currently seeking a dynamic and talented Associate to become an integral part of the Consumer M&A team based in London! Role and Responsibilities: As an Associate in the Consumer M&A team, you will play a pivotal role in driving sell-side execution across deals ranging from $200 million to $1 billion. Your responsibilities will include: Deal Execution: Working closely with senior team members, you will actively participate in all stages of the deal lifecycle, from origination to closing. Your strong sell-side execution skills will be utilized to facilitate smooth and successful transactions. Financial Analysis: Conducting thorough financial analyses, including company valuations, financial modeling, and market research, to provide critical insights and support decision-making processes. Due Diligence: Collaborating with cross-functional teams to perform comprehensive due diligence, identifying potential risks, and assessing opportunities. Client Relationships: Building and maintaining strong relationships with clients, understanding their unique needs, and delivering tailored solutions to meet their objectives. Sector Expertise: Leveraging your knowledge of the consumer sector to contribute valuable insights and strategies to M&A deals. Requirements: Experience: Demonstrable experience in sell-side execution, preferably handling deals within the $200 million to $1 billion range. Sector Knowledge: While prior consumer sector experience is preferred, it is not a pre-requisite. Candidates with strong M&A expertise from related sectors are encouraged to apply. Analytical Skills: Strong financial analysis and modeling capabilities, combined with excellent attention to detail, ensuring accurate assessments and recommendations. Collaborative Nature: A team player who thrives in a collaborative environment, working effectively with colleagues and clients alike. Communication Skills: Exceptional communication and presentation skills, enabling you to convey complex concepts with clarity and confidence. Education: A Bachelor's degree in Finance, Economics, Business, or a related field is required. An advanced degree or relevant professional qualifications are advantageous.

Negotiable
London
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IB, Elite Boutique(Paris) - Real Estate, Assoc & VP

Are you an ambitious and talented Associate or VP with a passion for Real Estate and a track record in Corporate Finance/M&A/Investment Banking? Look no further! Our client, a top tier elite boutique, is seeking exceptional professionals like you to be part of their growing Real Estate M&A Team headquartered in the heart of Paris. Why choose this opportunity? Elite Platform: Be a part of a prestigious and top-tier firm with a reputation for excellence in the industry. Our client offers a world-class platform that will enable you to work on high-profile deals and impactful projects. Strong Deal Flow: Access a steady stream of exciting Real Estate M&A transactions, providing you with valuable experience and opportunities for professional growth. Outstanding Organizational Culture: Join a team that values collaboration, innovation, and teamwork. Our client believes in nurturing a supportive and inclusive environment to help you thrive. Requirements: Experience: You should possess 3-8 years of experience in Corporate Finance/M&A/Investment Banking, with at least 3 years dedicated to Real Estate transactions. Sector Expertise: Expertise in one or more of the hospitality, healthcare, and residential sectors will be highly advantageous, allowing you to bring valuable insights to the team. Strong Network: A solid corporate and institutional network in the Real Estate sector will help you connect with key players and unlock new opportunities for the firm. Deal Leadership: Demonstrate your ability to lead M&A transactions from inception to completion, showcasing your deal-making prowess. Financial Acumen: Your robust financial and analytical skill set will be essential in assessing investment opportunities and creating value for clients. Team Player: Collaboration is vital in this role, so we are seeking individuals who can effectively work with and support their colleagues in a fast-paced environment. Communication: Proficient oral and written business communication skills are a must, as you will be interfacing with clients and stakeholders on a regular basis. Fluency in French: Given our client's headquarters in Paris, fluency in French is required to effectively engage with local clients and colleagues. If you're ready to take the next step in your Real Estate Investment Banking career and work with an elite team in one of the world's most iconic cities, don't miss this incredible opportunity! Apply today and let your talent shine!

Negotiable
Paris
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Investment Banking, Greek Coverage - Director/Managing Director

Are you an accomplished professional with a strong track record in Investment Banking within the Greek market? Are you ready to take the next step in your career and contribute to a dynamic, growing team? Look no further! About Us: We are a prominent global mid-market Investment Bank, renowned for our expertise in delivering exceptional financial solutions. As we continue to expand, we are seeking a talented individual to join our Greek Coverage team as a Director or Managing Director. Whether you're based outside of London or Athens, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of a well-established brand as it embarks on a new phase of growth. Your Role: As a Director/Managing Director in our Greek Coverage team, you will play a pivotal role in strengthening and expanding our presence within the Greek market. Your extensive experience in Investment Banking, coupled with a proven history of successful transactions, will be vital in driving our business forward. Your portfolio will encompass diverse sectors, and your ability to provide strategic insights and innovative solutions will be instrumental in the success of our clients. Requirements: Greek Fluency: Proficiency in Greek language is essential, enabling effective communication with clients and stakeholders. Established Relations: A robust network of connections within the Greek business landscape, demonstrating your ability to foster and maintain meaningful relationships. Proven Track Record: A history of achievements in the Greek Investment Banking sector, showcasing your deep understanding of the market dynamics. Broad Product Coverage: Expertise across various financial products, ensuring comprehensive solutions for our clients. Leadership Skills: For the Managing Director role, exceptional leadership capabilities to guide your team towards excellence. Why Us: Growth Phase: Join an established brand that is actively expanding, offering ample opportunities for professional development. Global Network: Collaborate with industry experts worldwide, enhancing your skills and knowledge. Impactful Work: Contribute to impactful financial transactions that shape the future of businesses. If you're ready to elevate your career and contribute to a leading global Investment Banking institution, we invite you to apply today. Become a part of our success story as we shape the future of finance together.

Negotiable
London
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Corporate & Investment Banking News & Insights

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Compensation Trends in the Investment Banking Industry

Investment banking is a dynamic and highly competitive industry that plays a crucial role in global financial markets. Professionals in this field are responsible for providing financial advisory services, facilitating mergers and acquisitions, and raising capital for corporations, governments, and other entities. With the ever-evolving nature of the industry, it is important to stay informed about the latest compensation trends to attract and retain top talent. As a global talent partner, we explore current compensation trends and shed light on key factors shaping the hiring landscape to help you navigate through in-demand talent shortages. Download our comprehensive 'Investment Management Salary Guide' to gain valuable insights into industry benchmarks and compensation packages.The Escalating Demand for Emerging SkillsAs the investment banking industry adapts to rapid technological advancements and evolving market dynamics, there is a growing demand for professionals with emerging skills. The rise of digital transformation, artificial intelligence, and data analytics has created a need for individuals who possess expertise in these areas. Investment banks are willing to offer attractive compensation packages to attract individuals who can leverage these skills to drive innovation, improve operational efficiency, and gain a competitive edge.The Integral Role of ED&IED&I have become critical factors in shaping compensation trends in the investment banking industry. Companies are increasingly recognizing the benefits of having a diverse workforce that encompasses individuals from various backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. By fostering an inclusive environment, investment banks can unlock innovation, improve decision-making processes, and enhance their reputation.In recent years, efforts to increase ED&I in investment banking have gained momentum. This includes initiatives to attract new talent by eliminating unconscious biases in job descriptions, retaining diverse talent, and identifying promotion processes to ensure pay equity. Investment banks that prioritize diversity and inclusion are often viewed more favorably by professionals, and they may offer competitive compensation packages to attract a diverse pool of candidates. Embracing Flexibility in Compensation PackagesFlexible compensation packages has become an essential aspect of attracting and retaining talent in the investment banking industry. Traditional compensation structures focused primarily on fixed salaries and year-end bonuses. However, as work-life balance and personal priorities gain prominence, professionals are seeking more flexibility in their compensation arrangements.Investment banks are responding to this trend by offering a variety of flexible compensation options. These may include the ability to customize the allocation of bonuses, deferred compensation plans, stock options, and other long-term incentives. Additionally, some firms are providing benefits such as flexible working hours, remote work opportunities, and sabbatical leaves to accommodate employees' personal needs.To explore how these innovative compensation packages are revolutionizing the industry, it's essential to download the Selby Jennings 'Future of Flexible Working' report. Gain access to cutting-edge information, statistics, and best practices that will equip you with the knowledge needed to excel in attracting, retaining, and nurturing top talent.The Shift Towards Performance-Based CompensationPerformance-based compensation has gained significant traction in the investment banking industry. This approach links a significant portion of an employee's compensation to individual and firm-wide performance metrics. By aligning compensation with performance, investment banks aim to motivate employees to achieve their best and drive overall business success.Performance-based compensation often includes a mix of short-term incentives, such as annual bonuses, and long-term incentives, such as restricted stock units and performance shares. These incentives are tied to specific targets, such as revenue generation, profitability, client satisfaction, and risk management. Investment banks closely track and evaluate performance to determine bonus payouts and promotions, creating a meritocratic culture that rewards high achievers.To also explore the hiring strategies in the Investment Banking landscape, view here.Seize the Opportunity – Get in Touch NowLooking to hire top talent and stay ahead? By partnering with us, you gain access to our extensive network of highly skilled candidates who possess the emerging skills and expertise needed to thrive in today's investment banking landscape. We stay abreast of the latest compensation trends and industry developments, ensuring that we provide you with tailored solutions that align with your organization's goals and objectives.Our commitment to diversity and inclusion means we can help you build a team that brings a variety of perspectives, fostering innovation and driving superior results. Don't miss out on the opportunity to leverage our expertise and industry knowledge to attract and retain top talent. Request a call back from our experienced consultants today and let us help you remain competitive in the investment banking market. Together, we can create a winning team that propels your organization to new heights of success.

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Investment banking briefing: economic outlook & talent market in focus

​Looking into the future of investment banking, what are the talent trends shaping the global financial arena?Despite a backdrop of post-pandemic volatility and economic uncertainty in 2021, the global investment banking sector is poised on a slow but steady growth trajectory, forecasted to slowdown to 3.8% by 2023. While many uncertainties remain, the overall economic outlook points to a consistent trend, albeit regionally uneven. According to the IMF October 2021 fiscal monitor report, the US witnessed a short-lived hit to its economy, with output already reaching pre-pandemic levels in Q1 of 2021. A closer look at Europe, in particular Germany, indicates a renewed fall in the fourth quarter of last year, but in China, the region went into sharp decline and came out earlier.Even after accounting for regional differences, the picture ahead for the global economy suggests strong recovery. In Deloitte’s recent survey of 400 banking and capital market professionals,88% of respondents anticipate banks’ top-line revenue to advance this year. But, to continue this path to economic prosperity and be well-positioned to overcome the global challenges ahead, the sector requires a strong pipeline of industry-leading talent. Therefore, having unique access to the trends in the workforce might be the best strategic advantage for firms.Also explore the compensation trends in the investment banking industry.Read on to discover some of the key talent factors and current trends in investment banking.Talent movement & managementAcross the board, many investment banks have been recruiting in earnest, perhaps indicative of the need to play catch up from 2020. When analyzing the talent movements at the global investment banks, many were willing to switch up careers quicker and further leverage their position in a candidate-driven market. With fees at an all-time high and banks accelerating their hiring endeavors, the M&A space was hot at the Associate and VP level.At Selby Jennings, we have also observed a widespread growth trend within the banks to acquire smaller firms and entire teams. While this strategy is stipulated to reduce costs and strengthen cash flow, it is also a risky investment in terms of capital and talent as cultural conflicts are likely to incur.In the US specifically, most banks exceeded their 2020 total fee revenues by April-May 2021. During this time, several banks began to amplify base salaries to $10-$25k – causing a rippling impact across the industry with most firms promptly matching their salary scales. If this wasn’t enough, banks of every size opened up their wallets and offered one-off bonuses in April; a trend that continued into the summer.Glancing across the waters to Europe, a backlog of hiring from 2020 meant that banks made haste to fill vacancies last year. Interestingly, for Europe, it isn’t common practice to bring professionals in post-MBA like the US, so with smaller hiring happening across teams, training the workforce and maintaining substantial growth of the talent pool was imperative. In Hong Kong and China, hiring activity from funds has resulted in banks replacing talent poached from the buy-side. On the back of stringent Covid-19 restrictions, which prohibited inbound travel for expats, specialist investment bankers that remained were a hot commodity. However, with restrictions easing this year, we predict this trend to be reversed and therefore level the playing field for talent.To find out what types of Corporate & Investment Banking vacancies we have available here at Selby Jennings, click here.Also, find out more about employee retention and how we reduce turnover in investment management.​Why Choose Us?Selby Jennings is your trusted partner for expert insights and recruitment solutions in the fast-paced world of investment banking. Our team of experienced consultants has a deep understanding of the global economic landscape and the talent market trends shaping the industry. With our finger on the pulse of the latest developments, we deliver informed advice and bespoke recruitment strategies tailored to your needs. Whether you're looking to hire top talent or take your career to the next level, Selby Jennings offers unparalleled support and expertise to help you achieve your goals. Simply request a callback or submit a vacancy today to get started.​At Selby Jennings, we’re always on the pulse of the latest trends impacting the sector, meaning your investment banking recruitment process is in safe hands. Don’t miss our newest guide, The Investment Banking Briefing, for an introspective analysis on the current industry and exclusive talent insights from our survey results.​

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Recruitment strategies in an ever-changing investment banking landscape

​The investment banking sector has never been more competitive. From digital disruptions, new fintech incumbents, to rising inflationary pressures, these are some of the driving factors creating many challenges – as well as opportunities – for firms.However, to embrace new realities and reap the rewards, organizations will need an agile talent strategy. That’s why understanding the motivations of talent and their movements within the industry is crucial in competitive markets. In this blog, as we look to the future of investment banking and challenges the sector faces, we explore some of the major hiring trends that firms should know about.To view what type of Corporate & Investment Banking vacancies we have available, click here.New world of workingA significant factor confronting banking leaders is the challenge of strategically re-evaluating the modern workplace. Employers have had to make substantial inroads to develop a nimble and competitive operating model that delivers value-add to employees and customers alike. What’s more, with the surge in popularity of flexible working, many firms could lose out on business-critical talent if they cease to offer this structure. Although the flexible working paradigm is forecasted to negate the idea of ‘in-person collaboration’, this business model actually creates more opportunities for candidates to interview and get hired because location is no longer a limitation.Most bankers operated remotely in the first quarter of 2021. However, with the roll-out of regional vaccine campaigns, banks began to dangle the thread of a return to the office on a full-time or hybrid basis. Across the US, a bank-wide trend saw many firms open up discussions about an expectation for employees to be in the office post-July 4th. Subsequently, the end of summer marked the end of 100% working from home arrangements. At Selby Jennings, we are advising our clients to keep an open mind with flexible working, as this should certainly be considered a competitive strategy to attract and retain talent.The sustainable imperative for investment banksThe transition to a low-carbon economy is on the frontier for today’s investment banks. Efforts to combat sustainability has led to exponential growth in ESG debt, perhaps underpinned by investors propelling ESG investments into the market. The increasing focus on ESG debt allows firms to tap into new pools of capital and garner surplus returns, but more capital raising from the public and private sectors will be needed if targets are to be met.The movement towards sustainable banking and investing is important to help eliminate ‘greenwashing’, but international compliance and better reporting standards are needed. Whilst sustainability commitments are becoming more commonplace, having strong ESG credentials might be your edge to attract and retain talent. After all, when we surveyed our community of sector professionals, 48% of respondents reported that ESG is important when looking for a new role. Our findings could indicate that a major paradigm shift amongst investment banking professionals has begun – with many placing environmental policies at the crux of their career-defining next steps. We predict global ESG concerns to continue shaping the future of finance and be a compelling force for companies to drive employee and customer loyalty.Industries of focusThe investment banking landscape is heating up, but what are the key verticals that took center stage across the hiring front? Fintech’s exist on the precipice of innovation, which is possibly why they’re so successful at luring in business-critical talent. Despite valuations being a little off kilter, more fintech’s and technology-driven bankers entering this space is a certainty due to the potential for tech M&A’s and IPOs. Hiring activity across technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) and power, utilities, and infrastructure (PUI) is also a necessity to plug the gaps.The healthcare sector is another area of increasing focus, perhaps because its largely immune to post-pandemic disruptions. With a particular emphasis on sustainability, renewables are also expected to see an acceleration in hiring across the board. In particular, ESG analysts along with sales personnel are a hot commodity in the market. For those considering talent management in these growing environments, we advise to quickly get your teams in place to be well equipped to ride out whatever challenges lie ahead.Interested in learning more about the recent developments in investment banking? Download our newest guide, The Investment Banking Briefing, for an introspective analysis on the investment banking industry trends and exclusive talent insights from our survey results.​

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The Investment Banking Briefing

Investment bankers are always highly sought after, and there is no doubt the jobs market is going from strength to strength.Many professionals are curious about whether their salaries and bonuses match their peers, which is why we have produced the Investment Banking briefing.Download ReportDiscover our latest salary & bonus guidance in the report, which also includes exclusive survey results from investment banking professionals across the US on the state of the industry, and how they feel about current job opportunities, as well as insights into:The global economy (with dedicated sections for the US, Europe & APAC)Monetary and non-monetary talent retention strategiesBooming sectors to know aboutSustainable finance & ED&I initiativesThe new world of working post-pandemicWhether you are trying to get the right workforce in place for the years ahead, or looking for a role yourself, the Investment Banking Briefing covers the industry in extensive detail so you know where investment banking is going in the near future, as firms grapple to stay competitive to attract and retain talent.Without a strong talent pipeline, banks could be at the mercy of having to turn away work, which is why it has never been more important to have the right talent, and be able to attract the talent you need in investment banking.To see what Corporate & Investment Banking vacancies we have available,click here.

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Investment Banking Market Update

We are currently in a candidate driven market – bankers are in higher demand than ever before, but with intense competition and a shrinking candidate pool, banks are accelerating efforts to re-think their approach to retention and recruitment in order to attract and retain key talent. The landscape of investment banking jobs is feverish; we have witnessed a profound uptick in hiring and the war for talent has certainly begun.To find out what Corporate & Investment Banking vacancies we have available at Selby Jennings, click here.Our new Market Update will cover topics around Investment Banking recruitment trends, including:The 2021 MarketNavigating Growth in Banking: High-Demand for BankersImpact & Market ReactionCompensation trendsComplete the form below to download the full "Investment Banking Market Update".

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Investment Banking Hiring Trends – This Year’s Impact on Hiring in 2021

It’s no question that the events of 2020 have significantly impacted the Investment Banking hiring landscape throughout the year. No one could have predicted Covid-19 and the work-from-home environment that we’ve learned to accommodate to over the past few months, and the effects are sure to leave a lasting impact within the investment banking market. We’ve been compiling notes and data related to the hiring trends that we’ve seen this year and those that we expect for 2021. To view the types of Corporate & Investment Banking vacancies we have available, click here.When Covid-19 first hit the US, M&A came to almost a complete halt due to the uncertainty surrounding the virus and how it would impact the financial market. Teams were also forced to adapt to a new work environment as the stay-at-home orders required individuals to work remotely. Even after adjusting to the new environment, M&A activity was still slow resulting in industry-wide layoffs which seemed to impact the middle-market and bulge bracket banks more significantly. For energy bankers, the Covid-19 outbreak coincided with a struggling oil & gas market which led to some banks eliminating their energy teams entirely if not able to pivot into new products like restructuring or new verticals like renewables. Luckily, the banking industry overall is making a comeback and M&A activity is starting to pick back up. Hiring was done on mostly an as-needed basis apart from senior hires where we saw more growth. The Selby Jennings team saw many banks looking to add revenue generators in preparation for the 2021 year. Still, some growth hires have happened at more junior levels as there is an influx of strong talent coming from the layoffs. With the Covid-19 cases rising again in the fall and the US election occurring, hiring stayed steady rather than peaking in Q4 like some expected it would. One trend that we’ve noticed as a result of Covid-19, is the spreading out of bankers into second-tier cities that were not previously hot-spots for investment banking offices. Individuals are relocating and banks are looking to establish offices in smaller cities including Detroit, Nashville, Denver, and Phoenix, just to name a few. We’ve also noted more flexibility when it comes to remote work, especially for senior-level positions as teams have proven to be just as successful in this remote environment. As we look forward to 2021, we anticipate an active Q1 in terms of hiring as firms will be looking to lock in their teams as soon as possible to tackle the busy year ahead. With an optimistic outlook for M&A activity over the next year, now is a great time to reassess your teams and determine where you want to be and who you’ll need on your team in order to get you there. If you are looking to secure talent for your team in this rapidly growing market, get in touch with the Selby Jennings Team today.

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Trends in Investment Banking in 2019

​Because of 2018’s success in the investment banking market — an overall bullish market and record-high transactions and deals — there seems to be a significant shortage for top quality talent. As the unemployment rate keeps hovering at 3.8%, 2019 is shaping up to be a time where the struggle for talent will continue to be a priority for the entire financial sector. Pursuing a More Balanced Life Trends show analysts and associates are leaving the banking industry in significant numbers, which is making it difficult to retain and laterally recruit talent. In fact, there’s been a steady rise in analysts leaving before their associate promotion and even post-MBA associates seeking exit opportunities — some as early as six months into their first year. "One main trend we have noticed toward the end of last year that’s consistent with the beginning of this year is that there is a shortage of talent in this candidate-driven market,” says Gary McCool, head of east coast Investment Banking recruitment for Selby Jennings. “Now more than in the past we’ve seen candidates from smaller boutique or middle-market platforms move up-market to larger financial institutions.” Some of the more common reasons candidates leave the industry are due to the long hours, work environment and work/life balance. Many also believe it’s better to cross over into buy side and corporate development roles. From a combination of these factors, McCool has noticed that smaller firms are attempting to promote a better work culture, including offering increased flexibility and better compensation to incentivize talent to stay put. Increased Compensation Since many investment banks are competing over the same candidates, trends show that candidates are earning higher salaries. We have noticed a larger number of counter offers last year because candidates have been leveraging their job offers from banks. It’s become extremely difficult to replace hires within a short time frame on top of hiring someone under normal circumstances. Trends from 2018 show total compensation is as high as 10%-20% more than average. In addition, at some platforms, the base pay for analysts has been raised to be as much as $115,000. Elite boutique platforms have begun to take notice of this as well. Changes in Visa Policies The last year also saw changes in visa policies. Investment banking attracts qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and many come overseas to study in the U.S. Many investment banks hold off on hiring candidates because of the uncertainty of visa requirements. Both the firm and candidate will need to restart a new hiring process if visa application petitions do not get approved. Companies hiring this with H-1B or TN visas will find it difficult to onboard a new candidate, leading to an increased struggle to find top talent. Keep Up With Competition As the economy and the investment banking industry continues to be strong, the market will only be more competitive. Securing visas are still up in the air, although there’s hope that the current suspension will be reviewed and possibly rescinded by early 2019. Considering the strong need for talent, banks will need to offer significant compensation packages and promote flexibilit and a better work culture to attract top candidates. If you are looking for new opportunities in investment banking, or are hoping to secure top talent in this competitive landscape, get in touch with the team at Selby Jennings today. ​---------------------About UsSelby Jennings is a leading specialist recruitment agency for banking and financial services. For more than 15 years, we have given clients and candidates peace of mind that the recruitment process is in expert hands. Our continual investment in best-in-class technologies and consultant training enables us to recruit with speed, precision and accuracy. Today, Selby Jennings provides contingency and retained search recruitment across 11 offices in 6 countries. Contact us to find out how Selby Jennings can help you.

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The Growth of Quants in Investment Banks

​Picture an investment bank drawn in a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ style. You’ve got traders, finance, the legal team and management; human resources and an IT team hammering away at their keyboards. Where would you expect to find quantitative analysts (quants)?Ten years ago, quants would have been tucked away on trading desks, inputting data into Excel spreadsheets and working through it manually to uncover patterns and statistics. Their findings would help traders to confirm the right price and most promising investment options.Skip forwards a decade and the role of the quant has changed substantially. For the most part, they are now incorporated into risk management teams, instead of being on a trading desk. There are more of them, they are a more diverse group and they use new tools to carry out different tasks. They are in considerable demand and much valued by financial organizations. What brought about this change?Why are there more quants?The last decade has seen a breath-taking speed of technological development. Analytic software combined with increased opportunities to gather data have led to Big Data: more information, collected more quickly. There are sophisticated tools to integrate, sort and process this data into state-of-the-art models.Electronic modeling now means that trading can be carried out by computers, based on an algorithm calculation of the most favorable moment to buy and sell. If algorithms are often the brawn behind hedge funds, investment banks, asset management services and private equity firms, quants are the brains: they program the algorithms that make the system work.Quants are also used more and more in the business of risk, helping to calculate probabilities and statistics using advanced modeling. This enables risk management teams to keep on the right side of an increasing volume of laws and procedures needed to manage risks appropriately.There are now many more quants employed in this reformulated role, shifting from revenue generation to risk management. Banks require quants for a range of functions including the valuation aspects of derivatives and pricing.A more diverse quant workforceAnother notable change in the last decade is the increasing diversity of the quant workforce. Although this STEM-related field used to be dominated by men from a similar background, intake is now much broader and includes many women. Female quants talent is much in demand by banks seeking to improve the diversity of their teams.As with other STEM areas, fewer women studying related subjects such as Math and Physics means this female talent is hard to find. When female quants are recruited to firms, employers have an additional incentive to keep them motivated and committed to the role, in an effort to retain this highly sought after talent.To explore woman in quants, check out our blog here.The use of models and tools: a systematic or discretionary approach?The development of algorithms, machine learning and related tools has transformed the nature of quantitative analysis. Quants need to ensure that data is interpreted and presented in the best possible way, but there is very little inputting and processing done through human labor any more.This has led to a divergence of opinion in the best way to approach investment decisions. As Leda Braga, a high-flying quant known as the ‘Queen of Quants’ has said, trading is now dominated by two approaches to decision-making: systematic and discretionary.A discretionary approach to trading is based on the trader’s own thought processes and decision-making skills. Systematic trading uses technology to indicate the best investment strategies, using algorithms to process reams of data. Quants are essential to the systematic approach, which is gaining in popularity.However, the discretionary approach is still very common, particularly because people tend to respond more vehemently to an error made by an algorithm than an error made by a human. As Braga observes: “We scrutinize the algos with a lot less tolerance than we scrutinize human action.”To also explore quantitative analytics soft skills, check out our blog here.What does it take to be a good quant?To be successful as a quant, strong analytical skills are a must. Most professionals have advanced computer programming abilities, typically using SQL for database management and perhaps an object-oriented language such as Python or R to clean, sort and process data.Quants usually have advanced degrees in a STEM subject, such as computer science, mathematics or physics. A PhD in one of these subjects is common.  There is also increasing popularity of financial engineering master’s degrees such as financial engineering or quantitative/mathematical finance.Could your team benefit from having a quant on board? Email info@selbyjennings.com to learn more about what they could do for your business. To also find out how to write a quantitative job description, read our blog here.------------About UsSelby Jennings is a leading specialist recruitment agency for banking and financial services. For more than 15 years, we have given clients and candidates peace of mind that the recruitment process is in expert hands. Our continual investment in best-in-class technologies and consultant training enables us to recruit with speed, precision and accuracy. Today, Selby Jennings provides contingency and retained search recruitment across 11 offices in 6 countries. Contact us to find out how Selby Jennings can help you.

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