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Mergers & Acquisition Specialist

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
May 27, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Our clients are increasingly looking to us to help them plan for growth and analyze all aspects of their overall strategy, which can include inorganic growth. When you join our experienced M&A team, you'll be at the heart of that challenge, guiding clients through every stage of their transaction lifecycle, be it acquisitions, disposals, management buy-outs, buy-ins, fundraising, initial public offerings, takeovers, mergers and strategic reviews.

The Opportunity

We are looking for passionate M&A Strategy & Transactions professionals to join our high performing team. As a part of the M&A team you will assist clients in identifying potential merger and acquisition opportunities, performing comprehensive financial analysis and valuation, preparing detailed strategic analysis and deal execution documents, and navigating through complex negotiation and regulatory processes. You will also assist in providing strategic advice, managing due diligence, and structuring deals.

You will leverage off an extensive global network, empowering you to provide sector-focused advice on the sale process from strategic positioning to close, and help execute acquisitions, alliances, and mergers. Our team is highly specialized in sector focused M&A transactions; hence, this opportunity will allow you to build in-depth sector expertise at the start of your career journey with us. This can be within Consumer Product & Retail, Healthcare, Energy, Technology Media & Telecommunications, Corporates or Public sectors, as deemed relevant.

Key responsibilities

You will support in the execution of transactions across the client portfolio, preparing client reports and key documentation for fund-raising, acquisitions, and disposals. You will also be responsible for the following:
  • Conduct detailed market research and business analysis to identify opportunities and evaluate potential acquisition targets.
  • Help build and maintain company's financials models, assist in reviewing / developing business plans and conducting valuation analyses.
  • Understanding the key business drivers as well as identifying, and managing key issues and risks through insights, factual conclusions, and advice.
  • Meeting the transaction timetable, ensuring quality on client deliverables such as marketing materials, as well as engaging with counterparties and other advisers to ensure transaction milestones are met.
  • Coordinate with cross-functional teams including finance, legal, HR, IT, operations, and marketing during deals execution.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and competitor activities.
  • Counsel junior colleagues, share knowledge, and take an active role in the growth and development of the whole team.

Skills and attributes for success

Experience of corporate finance in an investment bank, professional services firm, or boutique with a track record of working on both the buy-side and sell-side, as well as finance raising. The role would require strong numerical, financial and modelling skills based on a well-developed understanding of financial statements. You will have sound commercial judgment and an ability to generate creative solutions to problems.

To qualify, you must have:

  • Bachelor's degree ideally in a finance or related specializations
  • At least 2 to 4 years' experience in M&A, investment banking, corporate development or a related role
  • Familiarity with financial modeling and valuation techniques.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to produce high quality and impactful professional documents for clients and internal use
  • Flexibility to travel (approx. 25 to 75%).

Ideally, you will also have

  • MBA or Master's degree in finance (or related field) from a reputable University.
  • CFA qualification or working towards it.
  • Transactions Advisory experience.
  • Arabic language skills would be an asset.

What we look for

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding of M&A best practices and the ability to lead complex projects, solve challenging problems, and work collaboratively with a diverse team. We are interested in highly motivated individuals with the ability to prioritize shifting workloads in a rapidly changing industry. As an effective communicator, you'll be a confident leader equipped with strong people management skills and a genuine passion to make things happen in a dynamic organization. What we offer
We offer a competitive compensation package where you'll be rewarded based on performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. Plus, we offer:

  • Continuous learning: You'll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you: We'll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership: We'll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You'll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

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