Papers have been full of reports of increased M&A activity in the first months of 2013 with IPO intentions being announced by a number of players; so what does this mean for recruitment?

 We’re seeing a very positive start to the year across M&A in the banks and boutiques as well as in private equity funds.


Private German bank Berenberg plans to expand its London staff – including its corporate advice, equities and private banking businesses – by 50 in the next year, according to the Financial Times. The bank didn’t respond to earlier requests for comment.


U.S. advisory firm Evercore Partners, coming off a record-breaking 2012, increased its headcount by 34 last year, and said in January that it will look to end 2013 with a higher number of senior managing directors. Citi also wants to hire ‘up to ten’ senior bankers, according to Financial Times.


Boutiques such as Roberston Robey Associates, run by the former chairman of global M&A at Morgan Stanley, and Zaoui Capital, the boutique firm founded by Michael and Yoel Zaoui, both previously senior M&A bankers at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, are also reported to be hiring.


It’s easy to see why M&A hiring might be picking up.  Headlined by deals made for Heinz, Dell and American Airlines, high-dollar mergers and acquisitions have returned, particularly in theU.S.That’s the highest total during the first seven weeks of the year since before the economic collapse.


However, continuing restructuring at the likes of Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan and Barclays means that M&A bankers means that the standard of competition is high if you’re looking for a new role. Our consultative approach and close client relationships allow us to fully prepare you for any interviews and meetings and guide you through the process.


To hear more about current M&A vacancies from analyst 2 to MD please contact our corporate finance team on: 0203 440 7657 or e-mail your CV in Word format to