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Mergers & Acquisitions Group – Shareholder Activism Defense
J.P. Morgan advises clients globally on a wide range of strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, asset purchases and dispositions, joint ventures, corporate defense assignments, restructurings and reorganizations including advising clients on how to prepare for and respond to shareholder activism. The M&A – Shareholder Activism Defense business is a critical component of the firm's globally integrated investment banking model.
The successful candidate will play a central role in advising clients
with respect to preparing for and responding to shareholder activism as part of
J.P. Morgan’s shareholder activism defense team. The Associate’s
responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:
Create, maintain and review complex
materials and analyses relating to shareholder activism and corporate
governance, including but not limited to analyses on shareholder activist hedge
funds, individual shareholder activists, annual meeting procedures including
proxy contests, and corporate vulnerability to shareholder activism including
structural vulnerabilities in a company’s charter and bylaws.
Manage day-to-day deal execution, interacting with senior deal team members, client management teams, transaction counterparties and other advisors
Possess and acquire superior market knowledge relating to developments in domestic and international shareholder activism, governance best practices, proxy advisory firms, and be able to clearly articulate this knowledge to internal and external parties
Work independently, producing high
quality deliverables such as investor presentations, fight letters, Board
materials and other presentation materials for use in shareholder activism
defense engagements or strategic client dialog
Leverage and coordinate the bank's resources on behalf of the client, including industry knowledge from partners in industry coverage groups and expertise from product partners in debt and equity capital markets and corporate finance advisory
Bachelors' degree from a leading university; MBA is required for candidates that were not directly promoted from Analyst to Associate within a leading Investment Bank
At least 2 full years of experience in Capital Markets, Investment Banking or a Corporate Finance related role, law firm, proxy advisor or a corporate governance related firm. Experience in M&A, law or corporate governance is highly preferred, but will consider candidates on a case-by-case basis
Knowledge of corporate finance and accounting, as well as understanding of corporate charters, bylaws, and governance practices
Ability to comfortably interact with clients in a professional and mature manner
Outstanding ethics, integrity and judgment
Intellectual curiosity, strong work ethics and desire to learn
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple projects with different deal teams
Highly organized, detail oriented and proactive
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with specific ability to communicate concepts and ideas concisely and defend their validity
Excellent technology skills with superior Excel and PowerPoint skills and ability to quickly learn new software applications
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