Mergers and Acquisitions Associate

Oversee the details of pushing mergers and acquisitions to completion.
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Salary Range
$44,000 – $142,000

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What do Mergers and Acquisitions Associates do?

As a Mergers and Acquisitions Associate, you oversee the Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst teams, and provide financial analysis for businesses that are preparing to buy (acquisitions) or combine with (mergers) another company. You either work for a major accounting firm or, less commonly, an investment bank when you’re a Mergers and Acquisitions Associate. This position can require long hours and flexibility as the details of the transaction change.

When one company prepares to buy another company, it strives to make the best financial decision for the stockholders and goals of the business. This might mean scrutinizing the financial records of several businesses in order to evaluate each one.

When a business merges with another (whether voluntary or not), the financial details are equally complicated. You and your team of M&A Analysts evaluate profits, customer base, debts, and assets, and condense the vast amounts of paperwork into easily readable and informative reports. These reports assist executives in making M&A decisions.

As a Mergers and Acquisitions Associate, you act as a liaison between the parties requesting the information and the Analysts creating it. This means that you’re part Manager, ensuring that the M&A Analysts produce the reports and presentations in a timely and accurate manner.

The other part of your job involves reporting to the client. You set up meetings to relay information to the clients on either side of the transaction. In addition, when the client wants a further condensed report, a format change, or an impromptu presentation, you work overtime to make sure it gets done.

Should I be a Mergers and Acquisitions Associate?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

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    Mergers and Acquisitions Associate

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