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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.


On my CV: Ed Westhead, Fieldfisher

Effective collaboration with all advisers is critical to the ultimate success of complex deals, says Ed Westhead, equity capital markets partner at Fieldfisher.

Career paths: Shivani Kotecha, BDO

Working on complex transactions is something that Shivani Kotecha relishes at BDO. She tells Jo Russell about her corporate finance journey so far and what might be in store for the future.

On my CV: Liam May, NorthEdge

Backing life sciences means being able to translate the scientific opportunity for investors, says Liam May, director at NorthEdge.

Career paths: Amy Murphy, FRP Advisory

The ACA has given Amy Murphy a springboard to a career in transactions. Now a corporate finance manager based at FRP Advisory’s Manchester office, she talks to Jo Russell about her role and her plans.

Profile: Laura Mott, haysmacintyre

Putting people first is key to success, says Laura Mott, co-head of transaction advisory services at haysmacintyre, where team effort and collaboration are an essential part of the company culture.

Diploma in Corporate Finance prizewinners

The Diploma in Corporate Finance run by ICAEW and CISI attracts the cream of the graduate crop. At the Corporate Finance Faculty Annual Reception prizes are awarded to those achieving the highest scores and last year’s top two both came from Evelyn Partners. Marc Mullen speaks to the winners, and to John Rugman, Evelyn’s head of advisory services.

Career paths: Ahnaf Al Hussain, Azets

Having grown up understanding what motivates owner-managers, Ahnaf Al Hussain is putting that knowledge to good work in the corporate finance team at Azets.


Faculty member organisations

The Corporate Finance Faculty’s professional network includes close to 10,000 members and more than 80 member organisations. More than 40 per cent of the faculty’s membership is from beyond ICAEW.