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Corporate finance, M&A and markets 

Corporate finance and M&A 

Macquarie Capital combines specialist expertise, innovative advice and flexible capital solutions to help clients and partners make opportunity reality. Global corporate M&A and advisory capabilities are underpinned by deep specialist expertise across a range of sectors, and a full spectrum of capital solutions, from debt, equity and private capital raising to investing its own capital to enable new opportunities. 

Working in Macquarie Capital, you could be: 

  • analysing financial data; including building and running financial models 
  • drafting presentations to pitch transaction ideas to clients 
  • involved in running key transaction work streams on live deals, for example; a due diligence Q&A on a private treaty deal, drafting a prospectus for an IPO or liaising with legal representatives or tax advisers on key transaction issues 
  • tracking share price movements and press articles to keep the deal team updated as transactions progress. 

Our Intern and Graduate Programs present an opportunity to work with and learn from experienced Directors who have worked across some of the country’s largest and most prominent mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets deals.

Degree backgrounds we’re looking for: 

Business / Commerce

Economics

Engineering

Law

Mathematics

Science

Markets 

Our Commodities and Global Markets group has over 2,800 staff in 22 countries who provide products and services to clients exposed to commodities and financial markets.

The group specialises in providing clients with access to markets, financing, financial hedging, research and market analysis, and physical execution across energy; metals, mining and agriculture; fixed income and currencies; credit; futures and equity markets.

With a diverse platform covering more than 25 market segments and over 200 products that has evolved over more than four decades, the group leverages its deep market knowledge to provide tailored solutions for clients.

In our Commodities and Global Markets group you could be:

  • developing your knowledge of market dynamics
  • tailoring innovative products and solutions for clients
  • producing fundamental market analysis and research
  • monitoring and liaising with clients and customers throughout the deal lifecycle
  • modelling and collaborating on risk management, including compliance and regulatory obligations
  • contributing to major projects that lead to impactful and observable results.

Degree backgrounds we’re looking for: 

Business / Commerce

Economics

Engineering

Mathematics

Science

Treasury 

Group Treasury is responsible for capital and funding, liquidity and interest rate risk management of Macquarie's balance sheet. It also manages Macquarie's liquid asset portfolio and is responsible for managing debt investor, rating agency and banking relationships.  

Working in our Group Treasury team, you could be: 

  • raising diversified and cost-effective funding and capital 
  • providing accurate pricing of funding and capital to support optimal business decisions 
  • helping to manage balance sheet risk 
  • assisting the business in pursuing new opportunities. 

Business / Commerce

Law

Engineering

Mathematics

Groups that Corporate finance, M&A and markets Graduates and Interns will be placed into:

Meet some of our team members:

Kane Petkovski 

"I joined Macquarie’s Graduate Program after completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) majoring in Accounting and Finance. I’m a Business Analyst in the Principal Finance team, which is part of Macquarie’s Corporate and Asset Finance Group. Macquarie's Principal Finance team provides flexible primary financing solutions and engages in secondary market investing, across the capital structure."

“Day-to-day I am responsible for assessing potential debt and equity investment opportunities for Macquarie. These opportunities range from pure operating businesses to real-estate investments. A key part of my role is building analysis from the ground up and conducting research into a wide variety of industries to understand how businesses create value and the key risks they face in today’s market. This work can involve building financial models, analysing market trends, and working alongside the management teams who run these businesses.

“As transactions near completion, I’ve been responsible for preparing commercial contracts and helping develop business strategies and 100-day plans. I’ve also been involved in negotiations with counterparties – which is always an interesting experience. These have all been fantastic learning opportunities, far exceeding the levels of exposure I expected as a graduate.

“Principal Finance analysts are ‘sector agnostic’, meaning that we work across all sectors, from consumer retail to renewable energy to real-estate. I’ve been privileged to work across a plethora of sectors, and investigate opportunities internationally and across the capital structure from senior debt to pure equity, and everything in between. The small team structure means I receive constant on-the-job training and mentoring, which has been tremendously beneficial to my personal development.

“I have been actively involved in the Graduate Development Program, where I’ve enjoyed engaging with my peers across different teams that I wouldn’t typically interact with during the normal course of business. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet many of my counterparts from the London, Singapore and North American offices.

“As part of the Principal Finance team, I get to be part of equity investments. They’re intense and exhilarating experiences and are always exceptionally rewarding.

“The work I’ve done with the Graduate Program has been exciting to say the least, but the pinnacle of my first year with Macquarie has been spending an extended period living and working in New York, which has culminated in my permanent transfer to New York in January 2019. I gained invaluable experience working on transactions and formed bonds with colleagues from around the world. I’ve always wanted to work in New York, so I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to realise my dream so early on in my career.”

Nisha Pradhan

"I first joined Macquarie through the three-week Winter Development Program where I interned in the Infrastructure, Utilities and Renewables team in Macquarie Capital. I then re-joined the team as a Summer Intern and, following the completion of my Electrical Engineering and Finance degree, I joined as a Graduate in the same team." 

“The short nature of Winter Development Program was the perfect opportunity to get a taste of what a career in corporate finance and M&A would be like. It also helped me understand how I could combine the skills I was gaining from both my university degrees, to solve interesting challenges in a dynamic environment. 

“As an Analyst in the infrastructure team I found myself working on large infrastructure projects that play a key role in the Australian economy and shape the way people live and work. Having recently moved to the Private Capital Markets team, I am currently working with a range of private capital investors across a wide variety of sectors including agriculture, technology, infrastructure and industrials. No two days are the same!    

“One of my favourite things about Macquarie is our focus on giving back to the community. There are so many great initiatives throughout the year that we can participate in, including charity bake-offs, choir singing, fun-runs, tug-of-war competitions, cycling competitions, marathons and much more.”  

Thomas Smith 

"After graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce, I joined Macquarie’s graduate program as an investment banking analyst in Macquarie Capital’s New Zealand office."

“It’s a small but very dynamic team that performs a country coverage role. Its activities – and mine – vary widely, covering infrastructure, equity capital markets (ECM), debt capital markets, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and general financial advisory work. As part of my role, I carry out financial modelling analysis, prepare presentations and liaise with clients to ensure they get the best outcome that meets their needs.

“My experience at Macquarie, both as an intern and as a graduate, has been hugely positive. Our country coverage role means I’m exposed to a wide variety of deals and sectors. As well as various M&A and ECM transactions, I helped on the early stages of an infrastructure project, which was particularly exciting. It involved the potential development, operation and maintenance of a large-scale infrastructure project in New Zealand. I was involved in consortium meetings and helped in the drafting of Request for Proposal documentation, putting in a bid at the expression of interest stage. I gained valuable exposure to the inner workings of the New Zealand infrastructure sector.

“I really enjoyed the collaborative nature of this project, being in a room of people from varied backgrounds. You don’t go into financial services thinking that you’re going to be meeting with architects, lawyers and builders to discuss large-scale infrastructure projects which will have a meaningful impact in New Zealand communities. When I applied for the graduate program I thought I’d be exposed to banking, but the scope of work was far broader and I have been afforded greater responsibility for deliverables than I ever imagined.

“The other thing that’s great is that almost overnight you become involved in an industry and get to understand so much about it – whether it’s, airports, public infrastructure or even the fast food sector. It’s so much more than a job in finance. You get a unique perspective.

“The New Zealand Macquarie Capital team comprises just 12 people. The work environment here is really dynamic and fast-paced. Being a small team, it’s really fluid, flexible and supportive, and you get the opportunity to work, in some form, in most of the deals that we are involved in.

“During my first year, I had the opportunity to join the Macquarie Capital Analysts and Associates Advisory Board. We develop and implement networking, professional development, technology and flexible working initiatives across Australia and New Zealand, on behalf of analysts and associates. It’s a great opportunity to be involved in the inner workings of Macquarie and to be given the chance to make a positive impact on our working environment. Having a formalised committee for this really shows how much time and investment goes into developing our junior team members.”

Jessica Soligo

"After studying a Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance (Honours), I joined Macquarie’s Graduate Program, where I work in the Capital Management and Projections team within Group Treasury."

“Group Treasury is part of the Financial Management Group, and works on capital and funding, liquidity and interest-rate risk management of Macquarie's balance sheet. It also manages Macquarie's liquid-asset portfolio and is responsible for managing debt investor, rating agency and banking relationships.

“It’s an interesting division, because you get to work on projects that help determine how Macquarie allocates capital to grow its business. I work on Macquarie’s capital strategy across a wide range of projects.

“One of the highlights of my graduate year has been being involved with Macquarie’s engagement with government regulators for a recently completed internal transaction. It’s very rewarding to be part of such a project and then see it announced. It’s certainly more than I thought I’d be doing in my graduate year.

“Away from my desk, I’ve also enjoyed some of the extracurricular activities that Macquarie offers. I was part of the Financial Management Group’s team in the tug-of-war challenge and helped to organise a Group Treasury “beep test”. Both raised money for charity through the Macquarie Group Foundation.

“I have loved how the Graduate Development Program has allowed me to continually learn and develop in my role. That’s really important to me. I’ve had the support of so many people through the program during my graduate year. I’ve also benefited from organised events throughout the year that help graduates on the program develop skills, such as business writing, which weren’t as much of a focus at university.”

Jotham Young

From working on a transaction for Australia’s first energy from waste facility, to being involved in a multi-billion dollar project to generate hydro power, Jotham Young’s internship and graduate years at Macquarie have enabled him to contribute to the decarbonisation of our energy system.


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