Company Description: William Blair is a global investment banking and asset management firm. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago, with offices in 18 cities across four continents. For more information, please visit williamblair.com.
About the Team: William Blair is seeking an experienced Investment Banking Associate (1st or 2nd year Associate level commensurate with experience) to join the Leveraged Finance Group, which is a fast growing team that arranges all manner of leveraged loans and high yield bonds for middle market companies that fund LBOs, recapitalizations and refinancings. The Leveraged Finance Group works closely with each of William Blair's industry sector teams as well as our Financial Sponsor Group in serving the financing needs of the firm's investment banking clients. The Associate will be based in either the firm's Chicago headquarters or New York office.
Job Summary & Responsibilities:
Our focus on the middle-market and the extensive range of leveraged financings we arrange afford Associates the unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of and expertise in all manner of leveraged financing structures including 1st and 2nd lien debt, mezzanine financing, unitranche loans and high yield bonds. In addition, Associates work directly with senior-level client executives and top-level bankers in small deal team settings. Associates assume a critical role in the entire transaction process, including the initial pitch, due diligence, complex financial modeling and analysis, preparing offering memorandums/road show materials, meeting potential lenders/investors, and closing the financing.
William Blair & Company's environment is unique in the investment banking industry. While the work is rigorous and demands a high level of commitment, the firm maintains an open, cooperative and collegial atmosphere. Associates at William Blair & Company generally have MBA degrees and can demonstrate strong evidence of academic and professional achievement in previous endeavors. We look for candidates who are effective at working in a team environment, and who are interested in a long-term career with William Blair & Company.
Qualifications: William Blair & Company's environment is unique in the investment banking industry. While the work is rigorous and demands a high level of commitment, the firm maintains an open, cooperative and collegial atmosphere. Associates at William Blair & Company generally have MBA degrees and can demonstrate strong evidence of academic and professional achievement in previous endeavors. We look for candidates who are effective at working in a team environment, and who are interested in a long-term career with William Blair & Company.
Minimum of three years of experience as an Analyst or one year as an Associate in leveraged lending and/or high yield financing.
MBA from top-tiered business school preferred, bachelor degree required.
Strong financial modeling skills required. Build detailed, fully-integrated financial models to construct financial projections and test their feasibility, analyze the impact of proposed transactions on capital structures, cash flows, debt service requirements, compliance with and financial covenants, and differences in GAAP and tax treatments, etc.
Experience analyzing financial statements and related data to assess historical financial performance and future outlook for client companies and prospects.
Outstanding leadership skills; track record of success and high performance.
Series 79 and 63 licenses required within 90 days of hire.
Committed to satisfying internal and external customers.
Ability to manage expectations of senior bankers, other deal team members and clients while working on multiple projects simultaneously.
Excellent mathematical, writing, verbal and computer skills.
As a William Blair associate, you'll enjoy Medical, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, along with a generous profit sharing program that includes a 401K plan in addition to a firm contribution. We also offer three weeks of vacation, flexible spending accounts, a business casual dress code, a 75% discounted commissions on trades, and discounts at restaurants, museums, parks and retailers. William Blair is an equal opportunity employer. It complies with all laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in employment practice because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military service or on the basis of a physical or mental disability that is unrelated to the employee's ability to perform the duties of the job applied for. EOE m/f/d/v