Corporate Finance Associate

Johannesburg, Gauteng
Work Type: Full Time

Corporate Finance Associate 


A key project management role in deal pitches and implementation of projects under the guidance of Principals, with direct responsibility for the mentorship and day-to-day management of Analysts


The Associate is responsible for implementation of projects against the project timetable, including ultimate responsibility for all administrative workstreams and management of external advisors

The Associate is responsible for providing the Principal with high quality drafts of complex outputs including strategic letters, process documents, financial models and regulatory briefing documents, which is achieved through managing the Analyst who provides first drafts of these outputs

The Associate plays a key role in client management, often being the client’s primary contact person for task-related matters and general outputs

The Associate manages the Analyst in performing industry, company, transaction and technical research, which includes:

Assistance with the approach to sourcing information

Key strategic guidance in the structure of outputs and the efficient use of inputs

Technical guidance on complex regulatory, valuation and legal matters

Also see “General objectives”

The Associate must contribute to deal origination through:

High-quality deal implementation to retain repeat clients

Generating deal ideas based on a strong knowledge of the market and research-driven supporting data

Professional relationships, but to a far lesser extent than a Principal

The Associate plays a leadership role within the team and especially to the Analysts, which includes setting an example of in terms of work ethic, adherence to team processes, contribution to team strategy etc.

Sourcing revenue opportunities (mostly from existing client relationships, when compared with Principals) and assisting with business development

General Associate objectives (either as part of assisting an analyst, or when there are no analyst available to meet these objectives)

A corporate finance Associate performs research for a variety of different reasons, namely:

Industry research (in respect of specific sectors)

Company research (understanding a client's business, identifying new potential clients, identifying buy-side and sell-side opportunities for current and prospective clients, etc.)

Transaction type research (BEE, M&A, leveraged buy-out, listings, etc.)

Technical research (valuation methodologies, modelling techniques, legal agreement clauses and definitions, etc.) 

Corporate finance Associates are required to complete detailed valuation models (and other ancillary models) which are tailored for the exact purpose of a specific transaction.

Corporate finance Associates are required to draft various written documents, including but not limited to:

Marketing / Introductory Power Point Presentations (i.e. pitch decks on various transactions for various prospective clients)

Transaction specific documents (information memorandums, deal structure, teasers. term-sheets, etc.)

Legal documents (mandates, non-disclosure agreements)

Corporate finance Associates are required to contribute to the team internally through various means:

Marketing meetings (drafting of internal agendas and action items, budgets, etc.)

Strategy documents

Idea generation

Corporate finance Associate should, when required, assist with writing articles for marketing purposes (the "assist" relates to research and other specific contributions to articles where technical information is required from a Corporate Finance perspective)



Law (both B Com and LLB)


B Com Accounting (CA Route)

B Com Finance / Business Sciences

Engineering (Essential to have a finance/business background as well (i.e. MBA, CFA or similar program)

Mathematics (Essential to have a finance/business background as well (i.e. MBA, CFA or similar program)


At least 3 years in a Corporate Finance role (specifically in a deal-making capacity), demonstrating exposure to a variety of clients and transactions.

KNOWLEDGE (strong practical and theoretical knowledge is expected at Associate level)


Project management

Transaction management techniques (timetables / project calls / experience in managing third party advisors)

Finance and valuations

Advanced financial modelling

Valuation techniques

Practical considerations

Detailed IFRS knowledge of major financial statement concepts

Legal agreements

Structure of agreements and related strategies

Common pitfalls

Focus areas for review by the Corporate Finance advisor to the transaction

Capital markets

Investor profiles and typical focus areas

Importance of liquidity

Regulatory frameworks across main boards and development boards


Companies Act (inclusive Regulations)

Competition Act

B-BBEE Act (inclusive understanding relationship with Charters, Codes, etc.)

JSE Listings Requirements (inclusive understanding of empowering legislation i.e. Financial Markets Act)

Written communication and pitch books

Building various types of pitch books

Writing formal offer and other types of letters to company boards and major shareholders

Talent Partner:
Misan Idowu
Market related

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