M&A or Forensic? Switch to Competition/Monitoring Trustee

Job Title: M&A or Forensic? Switch to Competition/Monitoring Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: City of London, London
Salary: Good bonus & benefits
Reference: 3784431_1601563196
Contact Name: Louise Bridge
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 01, 2020 15:40

Job Description

Bring your M&A, Insolvency/Restructuring or Forensic skills into Competition Forensics - a global role.

Your new company
Our client is a large UK full-service firm and part of a flourishing international network. Their Corporate Advisory teams have been a magnet for staff from Big 4/Grade A firms, including Partner level, across all disciplines. Part of this success story has been the Competition and Monitoring Trustee team who have been taking increasing market share, working globally with a wide range of competition authorities, and are now ready to create a new role at Manager level, for a qualified accountant with M&A, Restructuring/Recovery or Forensic experience.

Your new role
Competition authorities such as the European Commission and the Competition & Markets Authority sometimes rule that a monitoring trustee needs to be appointed to ensure that a business complies with its obligations. This could be for example part of a merger clearance, or a market investigation. These competition cases are often in the news (a recent obvious one being the CMA-blocked merger between Sainsburys and Asda) and when a Monitoring Trustee is appointed the involvement with the corporate can last several years.
Your knowledge of the M&A process is what you'd bring to this role. Matters include Competition, AntiTrust and Monitoring Trustee

The team already has people from a number of backgrounds including regulatory, legal and economics, so you would be bringing your accountancy/financial perspective to bear.
Here are some advantages of taking this career route:

  • In Lead Advisory you essentially have to wait for the transaction, and there is a comparatively low success rate of pitch to instruction. Here the transactions come to you - the team are appointed on reputation.
  • This is almost as close as you can get to "economy-proof." Divestments and M&A on the scale that attracts the attention of the competition authorities are happening all the time, whatever the economic weather, and with the added critical advantage here that the team are appointed all over the world. They are anything but just dependent on UK business.
  • The relationships you form last longer - once appointed you'll be closely involved with the corporates, and often at C-suite level, for several years
  • You work across an enviable range of different industries
  • Travel is involved, typically a couple of days in a calendar month. You could be in Silicon Valley one month, Singapore the next, and so on.

What you'll need to succeed

For those already in Monitoring Trustee work, this team represents an exceptional, market-leading proposition and we would be keen to speak with you to compare/contrast with your current role and firm.
And of course if you are a qualified accountant working in a Competition Regulator , but are interested in changing to consultancy, our client would be very interested in engaging as well.

Our client is considering those with the following criteria:

  • Qualified accountant from Practice (you are likely to have had an audit background before switching to M&A, Restructuring or Forensic)
  • Current professional services Lead Advisory/ M&A/ Restructuring/Forensic experience to at least Assistant Manager level
  • The analytical skills required for Monitoring Trustee assignments
  • An understanding of the role of a Monitoring Trustee, and an interest therein
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Client and project management skills
  • Happy to travel intermittently, usually a couple of days each month
  • Native French or fluent Mandarin an advantage - the client can sponsor for the latter

What you'll get in return

  • A fascinating role that knows no global borders
  • Joining a market leader in this space
  • Working in a specialist team, part of the wider Forensic team who are very well-regarded in the market
  • The advantages already mentioned in "your new role"
  • A healthy bonus scheme
  • A genuinely meritocratic promotion path
  • A team which continues to grow and take further market share

What you need to do now
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