Investment Banking Round Table

This year we are launching the Investment Banking Round Table in addition to our normal trading and investing activities.

Investment Banking Round Table

When people talk about the financial world, they will often throw around words like Bulge Bracket, Boutiques, Private Equity, DCF, Valuation and it goes on and on...

This probably seems intimidating to you, especially if this is something you are considering as a career. But do not worry. Our five part series on Investment Banking will cover everything from the basics, to a more in depth view of the individual sections of an Investment Bank.

Whether you are just curious to have some of the terms explained or want to prepare for your Spring Insight week, this will be a great commercial awareness booster.

Some of these sessions might be run in conjunctions with experts, and other presented by our in house ‘advisory’ team. (You will get that pun after you have participated!)


The structure of our five part series will be as follows:

Session 1 (26/10/17)

Overview of Investment Banking - Our first session will give you a general overview of everything that goes on in the Investment Banking sphere. If you are considering applying for any kind of internship, you should seriously consider coming along. Out of all sessions this is the one you do not want to miss!

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) - The most fabled aspect of Investment Banking. The one that everyone strives for. We will be going into detail here on what services Investment Banks provide, how these tie into the banking work and lastly we will be analyzing a deal in all of its facets.

Session 2 (30/11/17)

Equity and Debt Capital Markets (ECM & DCM) - Tieing into our last session on M&A, we will be looking at equity (and IPOs or Initial Public Offerings) and DCM (think restructuring) capital markets. Again, we will finish our session by looking at a recent deal to bring some practical analysis to the theory.

Sales and Trading - Another well known aspect of Investment Banking. Who doesn’t want to try and emulate Jordan Belfort? Although reality is slightly different, we will be diving into the nitty gritty of Sales & Trading, and what goes on in those gleaming towers. As expected of you, we will also be filling in the theory with some practical analysis.

Ancillary Functions - None of what we will discuss in the previous sessions would be possible without the back room of the banks. We will be doing a more cursory overview of what it takes to run a bank - operations, technology and finance may ring a bell.

Session 3 (25/01/18)

Introduction to Financial Statements:

  • Income Statements
  • Balance Sheet 
  • Cash Flow Statements

What you gain from this session will be incredibly useful for the next sessions on valuation....

Session 4 (18/02/18)

Discounted Cash Flow Valuation - An introduction

This session will cover:

  • Levered vs Unlevered DCF
  • Calculating FCFF
  • Calculating WACC
  • Calculating Terminal Value
  • Enterprise Value
  • A basic DCF Model using Excel

Session 5 (TBC see facebook page)

Further detail on DCF

  • In-depth investigation of Working Capital line items – refined FCFF
  • Normalise Earnings – Operating Leases and R&D
  • Calculate WACC via Risk Free Rates e.g. US T-Bonds, Credit Rating
    Agency Ratings, Credit Default Swaps, Betas
  • Calculate Equity Risk Premiums using Company Default Spreads
  • Marginal vs Effective Tax Rates and when you use them

Please note that these events are subject to change, both in dates and in content. We will try to keep this space updated, but for the most up-to-date information, please visit our facebook page