Education: MSc—Risk Management and Financial Engineering—Imperial College London
I started at Houlihan Lokey in our Dubai Office on a six-month off-cycle internship, and I was converted to full-time straight afterwards. I spent a further year and a half in Dubai, before moving to London.
When I began my internship the Dubai office was just opening, so it was a really interesting time, with lots of transactions going on. Because it was such a small team I gained exposure from day one. I was given a lot of responsibility and had the chance to work closely with colleagues in London and around the world, so I always felt supported too.
Every day is different working at Houlihan Lokey. Sometimes you might be researching potential clients and opportunities or creating pitch books and marketing materials. Other times you could be helping clients determine their optimal capital structure based on different business plans scenarios, or helping to negotiate restructuring proposals with the relevant stakeholders.
To be a good Analyst at Houlihan Lokey, you will definitely need to have a good grasp of accounting and general corporate finance theories, but more than anything you need to have the right attitude and a strong motivation – there are things you can’t just learn in a classroom, so you have to have an open mind and be willing to get stuck in.
The culture here is very entrepreneurial – we work in lean deal teams, so you’re often asked to step up and take on more responsibilities. Houlihan Lokey is known to be the top restructuring firm globally because of the calibre of the people working here – my colleagues are smart and very experienced, so I’m always learning from them.