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Corporate finance careers

Leading figures and up-and-coming professionals who have developed their careers share their experiences.

Career journeys

Breaking glass ceilings

Marc Mullen speaks to six women in mid-market private equity about the changes so far in this once male-dominated world – and what’s still to come for diversity and inclusion, and supporting talent

Career paths: Katie Leitch

Katie Leitch trained in Edinburgh then moved to Glasgow, where she’s building her private equity experience as an investment manager with Panoramic Growth Equity

On my CV: Danny Lee

Investors in biotech businesses must believe in management. Credibility is key, says Danny Lee, Burges Salmon corporate partner

Career paths: Sarah Leiper-Jennings

Sarah Leiper-Jennings, senior associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, has taken the opportunity for industry and overseas secondments to build her experience as an M&A lawyer

Career paths: Klara Klarowicz

Drive and determination has seen Klara Klarowicz make it to investment manager at LDC. Now she has big plans for the future, she tells Jo Russell.

Career paths: Lucy Merson

Training as an ACA continues to help after the move from corporate finance to private equity, recounts Connection Capital investment manager Lucy Merson.

Career paths: Louise Leung of EY

Originating the first deal you work on gets your corporate finance career off to a flying start. EY’s Louise Leung is a very good example of how structured progression can be swift.


Career paths: Fiona Foreman, haysmacintyre

Flora Foreman of haysmacintyre hedged her bets at university, taking a degree in economics and art history. In the end, a career in finance won the day and after she passed her ACA she opted for advising on deals.

On my CV: James Wood, Buzzacott

James Wood of Buzzacott says never assume too much deal knowledge – even when advising one accountancy firm on acquiring another.

Career paths: Hana Bell, Simmons & Simmons

Hana Bell arrived in London from Canada in 2020 amid COVID-19 restrictions and hiring freezes. It took a year before she joined Simmons & Simmons’ corporate law team, but she used her time wisely.

On my CV: Mark Wilson, Headpoint

If expectations are not initially met, the advice from Mark Wilson of Headpoint is to be patient and address buyer value issues before re-engaging.

Career paths: Kelly Clarke, TLT

Kelly Clarke, legal director at TLT, describes her tumultuous training period and her long-term goals.

Profile: Gillian Sharman, LDC

Keeping deals flowing and generating opportunities requires innovative thinking. Marc Mullen speaks to Gillian Sharman, LDC origination director in the North West of England.


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