Investment Banking Handbook

Investment Banking Handbook


The Investment Banking Handbook offers a solid grounding in the general knowledge required for Investment Banking Division, Markets, Finance and Operations interviews and internships. The handbook includes a description of the role of the different banking divisions. It considers issues relating to starting, running and growing a business and the processes that facilitate transactions involving debt and equity finance. Different methods of purchasing and selling businesses are analysed, as are the benefits and drawbacks of different types of financing. Different business valuation techniques and methods are outlined and explained.

Basic economics concepts and the key financial accounts are introduced. An insight into the M&A process is included, complete with consideration of the key parties involved. Key commercial terms are defined and contextualised and an overview of useful Microsoft Excel formulas and shortcuts is provided. Focused sections on the Investment Banking and Markets divisions are also included.

In addition, the handbook offers general interview advice relating to competency, commercial awareness and case study interviews and advice on appropriate behaviour during internships. A recommended reading list is included at the end. 

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"The Investment Banking Handbook provides a snapshot of what an investment bank does together with the key financial ratios you need to know in order to be a banker - highly recommended."

- Christopher Stoakes, Author, Know The City

"This guide provides very comprehensive and well-informed support to students looking to take the first steps towards building a career in the highly competitive field of Investment Banking."

- Claire Leslie, Senior Careers Consultant, University of Warwick Law School

"A lot of people want to become investment bankers: the problem is that few know what this means. It’s a complex industry filled with technical jargon. The Investment Banking Handbook is not only a guide to the language of investment banking – it is also an exposition of its structure, methods, stakeholders and skills. It equipped many of our members with the critical toolkit necessary to succeed in the toughest interviews."

- London School of Economics, SU Business & Finance Group

"An essential read for any student trying to understand the technicalities of Banking, Economics and Finance and an indispensable tool in anybody’s arsenal of assessment centre preparation."

- Warwick Finance Societies

"The Investment Banking Handbook is a superb resource for anyone looking for an introduction to the industry. Highly recommended!"

- University College London, Economics & Finance Society

"Extremely insightful and provides an informative explanation of the world of finance, breaking down those technical terms and making it easy to grasp."

- Khadar Jama, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick