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Our investment banking consultants help clients manage funds through lending institutions such as banks or other financial intermediaries. Our IB experts specialize in finding investors for various types of securities such as stocks, bonds, and whole companies.

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What clients usually engage your Investment Banking Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Investment Banking talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Investment Banking professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Investment Banking talent and are able to provide clients with Investment Banking professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Investment Banking professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Investment Banking consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Investment Banking consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Investment Banking talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Investment Banking talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Investment Banking consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Investment Banking

What is Investment Banking?

Investment banking is a hierarchical industry that rests on the skills and knowledge of investment bankers. It has been described as “the lifeblood of capitalism. It is a profession that involves handling money for clients or managing funds on behalf of clients through lending institutions such as banks or other financial intermediaries. Investment banking is one subset of the banking industry that specializes in finding investors for various types of securities such as stocks, bonds, and whole companies. It has three main modes: commercial banking (loans, investments, securities), securities underwriting (issuing new securities), and venture capital.
Fintalent’s Investment Banking Consultants note that the investment banking industry was created by investment bankers in order to provide a wider range of lending options to companies that could not obtain funding from other banks. There are different types of services provided by financial institutions such as an extensive retail network or a more specialized business operations group. Earlier, investment banking was the exclusive domain of larger institutions.

The typical client will be a company that is based in the United States. The main difference between investment banking and retail banking as an agent of U.S. commercial banks, is that investment banking deals with more complex financial transactions like mergers and acquisitions on behalf of clients with high stakes in their companies.
Investment banks deal with new issues (new securities) and secondary issues (new securities sold off once previously issued) for corporations, equity underwritings for start-ups, and debt underwritings for leveraged buyouts (LBOs). Secondary issues are when an investment bank takes an existing security and sells it to another investor to raise cash on the capital markets.

The first steps towards creating an investment banking industry began in the last half of the 19th century. It was only at this time that investors became more sophisticated and beginning to consider corporate financing on a large scale.
It is important to note that although prior to this period, businesses seeking capital had traveled elsewhere (New York, Boston, Pittsburgh) for funding. They were not able to raise capital on the market when they needed it most because they were suffering financial distress or did not have a reputable reputation with potential creditors. This left the door open for investment bankers to act as intermediaries, who would buy up bonds and stock of troubled firms and turn them around.
Investment bankers can be split into two main categories: corporate finance and sell side. Sell side are the underwriters of securities (securities are stocks and bonds) that are offered to public when an investment bank wishes to raise new capital for a firm. The underwritings serve a significant role in providing companies with capital and increasing liquidity in securities markets. The other category is corporate finance which includes mergers, acquisitions and divestitures work.This work is usually done on behalf of large firms seeking financial support through partners (usually large banks). From a technical perspective, both sell side and corporate finance are quite different from each other.
Corporate finance is more closely associated with the securities markets, while investment banking is more closely associated with the capital markets (debt and equity). The first major change in the field of commercial banking occurred after World War II when many leading investment bankers were recruited to help out the war effort. It was at this time that standardization began to occur among investment banks.
Prior to this point, it was common for firms operating within similar industries to do business with each other based on personal relationships and less formal screening processes. It was not until the 1920s that a restrictive anti-merger agreement began to be enforced with more aggressive policies following thereafter. Examples of this include the Glass–Steagall Act and the Chase Manhattan Bank Merger.
Ultimately, a movement began during the 1960s and 1970s that resulted in significant changes to how investment banking worked. One of these changes is the rise of the investment banking conglomerates through a series of acquisitions and mergers, which included JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.
These mergers were possible because investment banks could raise capital from new sources such as pension funds or by borrowing money from other investors as well as their own shareholders; this was made possible because there were few laws preventing them from doing so .
After the start of the 21st century, the industry has since been transformed through the emergence of super-regional firms, which has led to a weakening of their international presence.
However, there are still firms that are considered “bulge bracket”, which refers to tier 1 investment banks with more than $10 billion in annual revenue. These types include: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. Other successful global investment banks include JP Morgan Chase, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank AG.

Types of Investment Banks

Investment banks may be divided into three types: primary, secondary, and research.
Primary activities are those similar to traditional commercial banking: the provision of financing, investment banking products, and securities underwriting services. The focus is more on lending products than equity underwriting.
Secondary activities involves the execution of orders from other financial institutions or investors to sell or buy a security or other financial instrument. It is responsible for the pricing in capital markets (securities). Research involves compiling information about market trends and technologies, analyzing investment opportunities and identifying new investment opportunities in both fixed income instruments and equities. It works closely with sell side to evaluate them along with the sell side’s marketing department.

The investment banking division of banks is a collection of firms, each with unique functions, that offer a variety of services to the financial industry. The division is responsible for providing capital and capital markets products, securities underwriting and selling, mergers and acquisitions advisory services, syndication of loans and loan syndications for corporations, as well as debt and equity transactions.
The division’s primary goals are to provide equity risk analysis for corporations by identifying companies that are undervalued or are overvalued in light of risk factors such as market volatility and interest rate risks. An investment bank may be part of a larger banks’ retail (or consumer) banking division along with consumer financial services such as checking accounts or credit cards.

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