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What Makes a Good Leveraged Buyout (LBO) Candidate?

There is a routine answer to this question - a company with large stable free cash flows and low levels of debt. This is usually followed by: How Does an LBO Create Value for Financial Sponsors? Debt paydown, EBITDA growth and multiple expansion. Debt paydown/repayment is easy to understand - if an LBO

What is a Leveraged Buyout? Introduction to LBOs

When someone brings up an LBO, people immediately associate this with investment banking and private equity. LBOs are associated with very advanced financial modelling and students sometimes get scared when the concept comes up. In reality, while investment bankers do run LBO models on a very regular basis, it is one of

Introduction to Enterprise Value and Valuation

It has become apparent to us that our website assumes a level of knowledge which may make it difficult for people newly interested in investment banking to jump into our interview section. So before someone goes from 0 to 60 and is asked about more advanced valuation concepts, we are going

What Group Should You Choose in Investment Banking?

We get asked a lot of questions about choosing a group when new to investment banking - usually in two streams. 1) I don't know what group I should go into 2) How do I get into Goldman Sachs TMT? So first thing is beggars can't be choosers. Without having an investment banking

Introduction to High Yield Bonds

What Are High Yield Bonds? What separates investment grade and sub-investment grade? The answer is a designated credit rating by the mainstream credit rating agencies - Moody's, S&P and Fitch. Moody's is widely accepted to be the gold standard for rating agencies. The rating agencies will assign scores for corporates based on

How to Answer “Why Our Company”?

This is one of the most common questions in investment banking interviews, and it is more important than you think. Candidates may do great in the behavioral questions (you know what investment bankers do and are prepared to make sacrifices) and technical questions before being surprised that they do not pick

Investment Banking Resume Screening Process

Competitiveness for Investment Banking Resume Screening Having served on multiple recruiting committees where the fate of students was decided with the red pen of many a sleep deprived analyst, associate and VP, we can share what resumes that end up past the HR screen (including transcripts and cover letters) end up

Can Your Manager Read Your Work Emails or View Your Browsing History?

Are Company Emails and Internet Usage Traced? What is the right way to treat work email? Everything written on email should be professional and not compromise the brand of you or your employer. This holds true across all of Corporate America - but is especially true in tier one organizations such

How to Answer “What Two Companies Do You Think Should Merge?”

This is an excellent investment banking interview question which shows that the interviewee thinks about corporate finance applications outside of theory. A lot of candidates have the technical interview questions rehearsed and have great answers about: Why investment banking? Can you work the hours? Are you really passionate about finance? And then after convincing you

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