London’s hottest finance boutique is, officially, Robey Warshaw. Despite employing now fewer than nine registered people according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), despite being founded only in September 2014, despite having a one page website with no obvious recruiting function, Robey Warshaw just landed a role advising SAB Miller in its takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev – a deal that could be worth as much as £58.4bn ($90.5bn), making it one of Europe’s biggest ever.
Robey Warshaw already pays incredibly well. It could soon pay even better.
So, what does it take to get a job there? Based on the firm’s existing hires, this is what you need to know.
1. You’ll need pedigree
As we noted a few months ago, juniors at Robey Warshaw tend to be privately educated. Think Eton, think Fettes. David Rawcliffe, an associate hired by the boutique in September 2013 spent a year as research assistant to ‘Lord Browne of Madingley’ in the UK’s House of Lords.
2. You’ll need time in a top investment bank
Boutiques like Robey don’t usually have time to train up their own juniors. They therefore hire juniors who’ve been schooled at larger firms. Robey Warshaw’s most recent recruit is Chris Daly. Daly spent two years as an analyst, associate and associate director in UBS’s TMT team, followed by a year at a European private equity fund, before joining Robey in June 2015.
3. You’ll need to have achieved a top class degree at a top university
Daly got a first in mechanical engineering at the University of Warwick. Owain Williams, hired by Robey Warshaw 12 months ago, read PPE at Oxford. Diane Radu, hired in March 2015, got a first in management at Warwick University Business school.
4. You’ll need to be junior
The FCA Register suggests Robey Warshaw has spent the past year stocking up on junior rather than senior and mid-level hires. With the exception of Daniel Zumbühl, a former vice president from Morgan Stanley, most of its hires have been at analyst and associate level.