Junior investment bankers go into the industry preaching passion and commitment, but the reality is that a lot of millennials taking a bulge bracket job these days have one eye on bolstering their resume and moving on. If this is your intention, don’t bother applying to Lazard.
Lazard, which is still something of a pure play advisory firm (and asset manager, of course), recruits junior bankers for “life”, according to its CEO William Rucker, who interviewed with Financial News. Analysts are, he says, “feedstock for the future partners of the firm”. M&A and other investment banking advisory work is all about fostering long-term relationships with clients. Hiring in a bunch of analysts only to have them leave after a couple of years for a fintech start-up isn’t conducive to this.
“We’ve put an enormous amount of effort into recruiting, training and development, performance measurement. And I think most investment banks are not very good at this stuff,” he said.
Work/life balance is important to junior bankers he says, but Lazard hasn’t introduced free weekends or restrictions on working hours. Instead, it’s tried to limit the size of pitchbooks: “We’ve talked to our clients – they hate big books, and most people hate producing them, so we try to keep the length down.”
Juniors don’t mind working long hours, he says, but there needs to be a live deal, not working on a marketing book that is never used, or being forced to implement the whims of demanding MDs at the drop of a hat with no guidance. “You can’t expect a 24-year-old to know exactly what you want to say to the chairman of a FTSE 100 company.”
Separately, while investment banks and other financial services firms have been banging the drum for access to the single market, there’s a bigger concern – still being able to hire from the European Union. The free movement of people has been a boon to the City, and around 11% of those working in a financial services role in London are from another EU state.
As a reminder, Theresa May’s ‘hard Brexit’ tactics include clamping down on immigration to appease the Leave voters and sacrificing access to the single market in order to be able to implement them. Johannes Huth, European head of private equity group KKR, told the FT that some sort of reassurances on retaining access to talent from the EU was “a matter of the most immediate and important concern”
“The government quite correctly characterises the UK as being an open economy, and is desirous of further and increased investment. It would be ironic and harmful to that policy if ‘open’ means ‘closed’ to skills necessary to realising the benefits of such investment,” added Sir Win Bischoff, chairman of JPMorgan Securities and of the Financial Reporting Council.
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