Summer is over. The summer interns are back to school. And the full time 2015 analyst hires are busy working. What does it take to get a job at the top global banks in Greater China? Here’s a sample of who’s been hired into junior jobs by Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and UBS this year.
Goldman Sachs hired Longjin Li as an equity research analyst
Li is a graduate of Fudan University in Shanghai, one of China’s few elite universities whose graduates are chased by global banks. Li received both his masters and bachelors degree from Fudan, studying finance and accounting respectively. He also made full use of his university time by taking up two exchange programs with overseas universities — one with Washington University in St. Louis, USA and the other with National Taiwan University in Taiwan.
Li also did a lot of internships in 2014. He first spent five months as an equity research intern with China’s CITIC Securities, before taking up a two-month stint with China Asset Management Company as an investment research analyst. He then spent the entire summer vacation at the M&A team at CICC.
Ruoling Sun, Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs
Like Li, Sun got both her masters and bachelor degree from the same university — Peking, one of the most renowned universities in China. Sun studied finance at both levels. but supplemented her bachelors degree with statistics. Like Li, Sun did an exchange program while in university – with the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Sun was a summer intern at Goldman Sachs in the year of 2014 and Goldman simply converted her into a full-time analyst this year. Before Goldman, she also had interned with a couple of other prominent firms, including IBM (as a consultant trainee), and FountainVest Partners, a renowned private equity firm focusing on investments in China.
Zhi (Donald) Zheng, Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs
Unlike Li and Sun, Zheng is not a fresh graduate. He joined Goldman this summer from Rothschild, where he worked as an M&A analyst for over a year. Before Rothschild, he also spent a year with Bernstein Research as an equity research associate.
Zheng is a graduate of Peking University too. He too studied both a Bachelors and Masters in Finance there. And he too participated in student exchanges overseas – to The University of Hong Kong and London School of Economics.
In 2012 Zheng interned at CITIC Securities and Morgan Stanley.
Erin Lee, Research Analyst at J.P. Morgan
Just like Zheng, Lee is not a fresh graduate either. She joined J.P.Morgan just over a month ago after working as a research analyst for Yuanta Securities for almost one year and a half.
Prior to that, Lee completed two internships: one as as a hedge fund operations analyst for Citco Fund Services, and the other as a research analyst for Baringa Partners.
Lee obtained her BSc of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from Lanzhou University, Gansu province. Later she got an MSc in Finance and Management from Cranfield School of Management, UK.
Yuchen Yao, Investment Banking Analyst at UBS
Yao joined UBS this summer as an analyst, but interestingly, he joined from Huaying Securities where he was already a vice president.
Yao also completed internships with various organizations, including CICC and Daiwa Asset Management.
Yao got a BSc in electronic and information science and technology from Peking University. He later completed an MSc in electrical and computer engineering from University of California, Irvine, USA.
Yuyan Wang, IBD Analyst at UBS
Wang joined UBS from Blackrock, where she worked as an analyst in portfolio analytics group for about two years. Before that, she interned across a number of different industries. She was a summer analyst with UBS, but also completed internships with Schneider electric and engineering giant ABB.
Wang’s highest degree is a Master of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Imperial College London