Jefferies: Activities

IT is pivotal to running a modern investment bank and at Jefferies, Technology is at the absolute heart of everything we do. The technology function plans for, designs, installs and maintains technology infrastructure – continually seeking to increase performance, capacity, efficiency and resilience to the evolving cyberthreat landscape. Our business aligned technology departments work closely with their business functions to analyse, design, build and maintain technology platforms delivering software that allows our staff to service our clients as effectively as possible. Our technology suite includes market leading vendor platforms, custom built systems on proven stable technologies, and increasingly use new technologies and ideas to give Jefferies and our clients the edge.

Leucadia Investment Management Limited (LIML) is a division of Leucadia National Corporation. LIML is an asset management company providing hedge fund investment opportunities in global equity event strategies.

Jefferies Global Research & Strategy provides thought leadership across the financial markets, offering valuable insights and actionable ideas to our clients on market strategy, economics, equity, fixed income, foreign exchange and commodities in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Jefferies Research offering includes:
- Strategy & Economics
- Equity
- Fixed Income

Jefferies Fixed Income is comprised of a highly experienced team of sales, trading, capital markets, research and strategy professionals who provide best-in-class trade execution and 24-hour liquidity in the global markets, with the highest level of service to our clients. Jefferies is a leading market maker in the full spectrum of fixed income products.

Areas covered by our 425 fixed income sales, trading, research and strategy professionals worldwide include:
- Government Securities
- Mortgage- and Asset-Backed Securities
- Corporate Credit
- Emerging Markets
- Capital Markets
- Structured Notes
- Foreign Exchange
- Strategy & Economics

We are a global leader, offering deep sector expertise and broad advisory and capital markets capabilities to corporate and private equity clients.

Our talented professionals provide a full range of advisory and underwriting services through creative and idea-driven M&A, leveraged finance, equity & equity-linked financing and restructuring & recapitalization solutions. With approximately 700 investment banking professionals we provide global coverage across all products and sectors:

Jefferies Investment Banking Product Coverage:
- Debt Capital Markets
- Equity Capital Markets
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Private Capital Advisory
- Restructuring & Recapitalization
- Corporate Broking

Jefferies Investment Banking Sector Expertise:
- Consumer & Retail
- Energy
- Financial Institutions
- Financial Sponsors
- Healthcare
- Industrials
- Power and Utilities
- Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging
- Telecoms, Media and Technology

European Regional Coverage:
- UK
- Germany
- France
- Benelux Region
- Italy
- Nordic Region
- Spain (through a partnership with Arcano Group)

Jefferies Equities is focused on providing best-in-class ideas, execution, and service to our clients, with superior sales, trading and research products. With one of the largest, most experienced institutional sales forces, Jefferies has dedicated equity trading desks across the U.S., Europe and Asia. We provide seamless execution and outstanding liquidity with a focus on minimal market impact. We serve a network of more than 2,500 institutional investors around the globe. Our U.S. equity trading business consistently ranks among the Top 10 investment banks in market share and trading quality.

Areas covered by our 800 equity sales, trading and research professionals worldwide include:
- Equity Research
- Cash Equities
- Electronic Trading
- Convertibles
- Equity Derivatives
- Prime Services

Festicket: Activities

You will be responsible for growing and maintaining our event client database as well as supporting the development of new businesses.

A great opportunity to learn in a fast-moving environment and building strong analytical and commercial skills.

You will be the face to our clients, representing our business on a personal level to our customers.

You will help our clients with various requests related to our Festival Package products.

You will be working for an enthusiastic, dynamic and international team and take over a high level of responsibility right from the beginning.

You will be in touch with our clients via various communication channels.

You will work with external customer service centers to provide 360 degree coverage for our clients.

You are interested in helping to manage the content and social channels or boosting the sales for a company evolving in a fast-growing, young and dynamic market, with a rapidly increasing audience?

We are looking for digital natives who are creative, analytical, obsessed by live music and travel, and gets excited by driving up audience numbers and engagement rates. First and foremost a content creator, the Content & Social Media Executive will also be responsible for generating editorial for the website’s festival Guides, writing magazine articles to get people excited about festivals and travel, helping to write and create Festicket’s weekly email newsletters and regular Festival “Alerts”, hunting down the hottest memes and coming up with crazy ideas to run across Festicket’s social channels.

We can do what we love only because we are supported by our great technology.

If you are driven by the beauty of code and wants to make an impact in the Travel & Leisure industry, come and work for us!

Technology is the corner stone of what we do! We are product and tech oriented people and will always be!

The operations department is the engine of the business. Account managers maintain ongoing relationships with suppliers, and fulfilment managers make sure orders are delivered to customers on time.

You'll be working in a team of 10 whose biggest challenge is scaling to match business growth. You'll have to constantly improve processes, as well as having ad-hoc solutions to new problems.

Emerton: Activities

Our business is growing fast, such is our Support team. It includes all the mid and back office activities of our business such as Human Resources and Finance.

More specifically, the Human Resources team is responsible for managing the recruitment process for all positions within the company. Most of all, it is in charge of maintaining our Company culture and professional yet friendly work environment.

Emerton promotes a dynamic work environment, takes care of every consultant’s individual career track and strives to ensure a diversity of experiences. Because consulting is demanding, Emerton offers a pleasant office environment and makes every effort to ensure work-life balance.

Our working methods, team work and senior team experience allow young consultants to quickly build a solid track record. The partnerships we develop with our clients enable us to follow-up on our projects and measure their impact.
Emerton will teach working methods and business relationship skills, but also functional skills thanks to the senior team’s premier know-how in corporate finance, marketing, regulations, innovation and organization.

Emerton will also enable consultants to work on new technologies and participate in tomorrow’s markets. Partners have a good command of innovation, tech industry and digital topics and Emerton conducts numerous projects in these areas.
We enable the most entrepreneurial among us to participate in the international development of a world-class, modern and fast growing consulting firm focused on the future.

Each individual’s personal development is very important to Emerton Partners. Each new recruit benefits from a personalized on-boarding program. A mentor is assigned upon arrival. Consultants are in daily contact with the firms’ senior members; skills acquired on the job are complemented by more formal internal trainings.

Ardian: Activities

You will be working with more than 30 professionals who are dedicated to investor relations, ensuring personal needs and requirements are continually met. Among them, regional professionals maintain an ongoing dialogue with investors, while others are fully dedicated to client servicing and continuously strive to provide clients with the most timely, reliable information possible.

The Investor Relations team is also responsible for creating new funds’ marketing materials and answering all investor’s due diligence questions about our funds. In order to do so, the team is positioned at the heart of all different business units within the company.

Through an online reporting platform, Ardian offers investors a secure and comprehensive set of marketing materials, investment results and historic record. Detailed accurate data of investment activity and product lines are published at regular intervals. Today, Ardian is able to provide a tailor-made service to each of its investors.

Through its fundraising and investment successes, Ardian has established a leading Mid Cap position in Europe. With its latest fund of €2.8bn (400 million co-investment) raised in 2013, the team seeks to acquire and develop companies valued between €150M and €1.5bn.

Capitalize on a stringent investment discipline and a unique "sourcing". Established in 1997, the Mid Cap Buyout activity aims to buy and develop leading companies on their markets, often already very internationalized, with potential untapped development. Ardian’s Mid Cap Buyout activity incorporates a disciplined investment approach. Our expertise covers various relevant scenarios, from asset succession, to companies' delisting or large groups' spin-off. Our approach is very selective and we are getting involved early on in the sales process. We are constantly looking for growth sectors and attractive companies and are commited to identifying a value creation strategy prior to making an investment. With a very selective approach and a high level of due diligence, the team focuses on majority transactions while retaining the flexibility to act on attractive minority stake deals with strong governance rights.

Take advantage from international network. With a presence across key markets in continental Europe (France, Germany and Italy), the team’s 29 investment professionals employ both their local expertise and Ardian’s international network to support the growth of portfolio companies.

Supporting transformational strategies. The team focuses on companies with both internal and external growth ambitions and is deeply involved in the implementation of transformational strategies, including buy-and-build and international greenfield expansion.

A long-term investment. As a long-term partner for the companies in which we invest, our Mid Cap team aims to create value for the company, for its employees, for its wider environment and for all shareholders, involving managers and employees at every stage.

Human Resources
The Human Resources team are responsible for managing the recruitment process for all positions within the company including scheduling interviews, ability and psyschometric testing, issuing contracts of employment and conducting pre-employment checks on potential hires.
For existing employee’s they have responsibility for sourcing training courses, and arranging appropriate training and development, managing the annual performance and compensation reviews, plus all elements of reward - managing the employee benefit programmes and ensuring all staff are paid correctly each month.

The administrative and secretarial team provides both clerical and administrative support to all members of the company.
Their role plays a vital part in the administration and smooth-running of the office.
They are often responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of office procedures, travel arrangements, scheduling meetings, diary management, arranging in-house and external events and dealing with telephone and email enquiries.

The Finance team are responsible for the corporate and fund finance and reporting for Ardian.
This team assist in minimising interest rate and currency risks, and monitor bank deposit counterparty risk on an ongoing basis by reviewing the information for all portfolio businesses on an aggregated basis.
This team produce the quarterly investor reports for each Fund/investment and are involved in the annual valuation process.
This team consists of qualified accountants with various levels of experience.

The Ardian Growth team supports small to medium sized businesses with a turnover between €5m and €100m. The team focuses on companies that have the potential for strong, sustained growth in their core markets, are visible domestically and are looking to expand internationally.

Consolidating and driving growth. The team uses its 17 years of experience across 120 companies to provide businesses with the local support they need at key milestones in their development. This can be through facilitating timely acquisitions or by aiding with international expansion.

A locally-based partner. Ardian uses its market expertise and network of contacts to strengthen the human capital of the companies in which it invests. This entrepreneurial spirit, along with the firm’s global presence, helps to give companies greater international exposure.

Broad capital deployment. The team acquires both minor and major stakes in companies, investing between €2m and €10m through capital increases, repurchases, or transmission leveraged buyouts.

As part of this commitment to dynamic and fast-growing sectors, the Ardian Growth Team founded the Digital Entrepreneurs Club, partnering with the French Association for Software Publishers and the Association for Digital Economy.

A high performing business model. The formation of strategic partnerships between investment funds is often required when completing large buyout transactions. Ardian began its co-investment activity in 2005. Since then, the firm has invested in 50 companies, across a wide range of geographic locations and sectors. The Co-Investment team operates on a global scale, which allows them to capitalize on a sustained and high-quality deal flow. The team also operates a selective investment policy and only selects opportunities where a small number of co-investors are involved.

Two distinct strategies. Ardian’s Co-Investment team operates two distinct investment strategies that enable its investors to access a wide range of attractive investment opportunities in markets around the world, with a particular focus on the US and Europe.

- Co-Investments: The first of these strategies involves traditional co-investment activity, where Ardian invests alongside another investment fund without being involved in the governance of the company that general partners wish to syndicate. Typically, the team joins a small group of investors, committing between €20m and €50m to each transaction.

- Active minority investments: In Europe, Ardian participates as a minority investor in large transactions, in which Ardian plays an active role in structuring and then in the governance and development of the company. Ardian can invest in partnership with another private equity fund, but also alongside an entrepreneur, an industrial group or a family. Ardian can mobilize several hundred million euros for this type of transactions.

Since 2005, Ardian has invested in private companies running infrastructure projects, alongside industrial and financial partners, who can contribute their technical expertise or financial resources.

Current yield return and protection against inflation and economic cycles. Infrastructure has a relatively low correlation with other asset classes and offers protection against inflation and economic cyclicality. More importantly, yields are also steady and have good long-term visibility. Ardian invests in the full range of regulated and unregulated core infrastructure assets. These include gas and electricity grids, transport infrastructures such as toll roads, railways, airports and renewable energy assets.

Key partnerships. The Infrastructure team works closely with a network of large industrial, energy, construction and utility companies and infrastructure operators. This network allows the team to access deals on a bilateral basis or through a limited auction, without incurring the time and expense of a formal sale process. The team also has strong working relationships with public service regulators. As a result, the teams are able to understand how the regulator’s evolving strategy might affect the fund’s assets and future investment decisions.

At the heart of the European Infrastructure sector: By taking a long term investment approach, often holding investments for a 10-15 year period, the Infrastructure team can invest up to €400M per transaction, even more with co-investor support. The investments are focused on the European market, diversified between 80% in Brownfield and 20% in Greenfield.

With two generations of funds successfully invested since 2002 and a third closed in 2014, Ardian’s small cap activity has established a leading position across Europe with France, Germany and Italy-based investment professionals. The Expansion team focuses on companies valued at less than €150M.

“Buy-and-build” policy. Ardian’s team has extensive experience in structuring external growth operations, integrating companies and building close relationships with the banks involved in financing. These relationships enable Ardian to assist in the long-term development of small and medium-sized companies.

A grass roots approach. The team focuses on the sectors it knows best, where it can contribute significant added value. Effective governance is key and the team spends a large amount of time working closely with company executives. After an investment has been completed, a 100-day program is launched to review reporting, audit, risk management and communication processes, all geared towards accelerating the company’s growth.

An integrated European team. Ardian’s 18-strong team includes a mix of nationalities working out of offices in Paris, Frankfurt and Milan, with a constant focus on assessing investment opportunities and working closely to monitor the portfolio. The team combines its talents and resources to assist in the development of portfolio companies, especially on external growth and international commercial opportunities.

Ardian entered the private debt market in 2005 with the launch of its first mezzanine fund, and adapted its strategy over time, which has seen it pioneer unitranche lending.

Financing all types of mezzanine transactions. With $4bn managed or advised, the 11-strong team based in Paris and London arranges financings of between €40M and more than €300M under LBO, OBO, management shareholding restructuring, recapitalization or financing build-up.

Solutions tailored to a range of situations. Ardian has developed a full range of innovative transactions:
- Unitranche financing: a combination of senior and subordinated debt in a single instrument with bullet maturity
- Mezzanine financing: loans subordinated to bank debt with equity priority

Focus on unitranche. Ardian is a pioneer of unitranche financing in Europe. This innovative form of financing allows companies to concentrate their investments on external growth. Particularly useful for companies with dynamic growth strategies, this financing is increasingly used by companies and funds.

A key partner. Created in 2005, the Private Debt team has built close relationship with investment funds notably via its team network and through the Fund of Funds activity of the company.

Led from London and New York, Ardian’s global network manages and/or advises $30bn of assets. Seizing the best opportunities, Ardian’s Fund of Funds activity cultivates excellence. In 2013, Ardian deployed more than $3bn in secondary transactions and primary commitments. In April 2014, Ardian has announced the successful fundraising of a $10bn investment platform for its Fund of Funds activity.

The Funds of Funds team at Ardian is a leading international player in the sector which offers its global client base a range of investment options, including:
- Primary Fund of Funds – investments in new funds
- Secondary Fund of Funds – the purchase of direct stakes in mature private equity funds and portfolios of stakes in unlisted companies
- Early Secondary Fund of Funds – the purchase of stakes in immature funds – of which less than 50% are invested

Comprising 50 investment professionals, the Fund of Funds team is spread across our offices and work coordinately from Asia, Europe and North America.

The team is able to access a vast amount of information via a database of 900 funds and 10,000 underlying companies, which provides unparalleled accuracy and expertise within the assets and teams in the private equity sector.

Investment Banking

Silverpeak advises innovative, fast-growing technology companies on M&A and financing transactions. We have a vast network of relationships and deep domain expertise in Internet & Digital Media, Enterprise Software/SaaS, IT Services, Enabling Technologies and Healthtech. Our clients come from across all of Europe, while our reach is truly global - over 90% of our completed M&A deals are cross-border. This is reflected by a highly international team, spanning 6 different nationalities.

At Silverpeak we are proud to offer a unique and exciting career path, in which we provide a highly demanding yet no fuss culture where achievements are noticed and rewarded.

We look for the very best talent that would thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and who have a true passion for technology. Any successful candidate would have a strong academic background combined with solid analytics, strategic-thinking abilities and a creative mindset that strives to produce unique solutions. A good attitude to team work and an international background are also key factors of success in our business.

We are always interested in meeting talented people. Long-term placements or short term internships leading to full time positions may be available for exceptional candidates. Please submit your details by clicking “SHOW YOUR INTEREST” below. Summer internships are available only by exception.

For Director level and above please contact Pietro Strada ps@silverpeakibcom. Your enquiry will be handled confidentially.

Laurent Bouyoux

En tant qu’entrepreneurs et fondateurs de Fortuneo, nous nous sentons tout particulièrement concernés par les opportunités liées à la FinTech et nous pouvons aisément nous identifier aux entrepreneurs de talent qui font émerger ces opportunités.

At BlackFin Capital Partners, Laurent Bouyoux specialises in banking, asset-management and Capital Markets.

From November 2006 to June 2008, Laurent worked in New York for Aquiline Capital Partners, a leader in US private equity specialising in financial services. As a partner he worked with many financial firms during a particularly interesting time for this sector. Laurent then decided to create a similar fund in continental Europe, although he remained Senior Advisor for Aquiline.

In 1999, Laurent created the group ProCapital with Paul Mizrahi and Eric May. This investment firm, a member of Euronext, focussed on two sectors: the provision of securities services and, through its subsidiary company Fortuneo, online brokerage. Laurent Bouyoux directed the group ProCapital as Chairman of the Board. By combining innovation and efficiency in his approach to securities, a pertinent marketing position in retail business, and a development strategy of external or organic growth depending on the cycle, he successfully made his start-up company a group leader in France. Following this success, the ProCapital group was sold to Crédit Mutuel Arkéa in July 2006.

From 1994 to 1998, Laurent successfully engaged in his first entrepreneurial venture within the Commerzbank group in Frankfurt. Alongside Paul Mizrahi, Laurent was a founding shareholder of Commerz Financial Products, a subsidiary business aimed at developing derivative products for Commerzbank in Europe. Commerz Financial Products developed quickly and profitably, particularly in Germany and France. The founding shareholders’ shares were transferred to Commerzbank in 1997. Laurent Bouyoux assisted the handover until 1998.

From 1986 to 1994 he was a founder and manager of the Société Générale’s derivatives business. After creating the Matif options business in Paris (over the counter and then exchange-traded) he spent 3 years running the Asian derivative markets from Tokyo. From 1991 to 1994 he successively held the roles of Deputy Director of Global Derivative Markets and then Director of Global Bond Markets.

Laurent Bouyoux, a French national born in 1961, is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (Promotion 81) and Ecole de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE 86).

Blackfin Capital Partners: Activities

Opening positions and interships in our portfolio companies.

BlackFin Capital Partners is looking for Interns, Analysts and Associates to join its Fintech VC team.

You will be part of a growing team investing in the best Fintech companies in Europe. Depending on your role and experiences, your missions will include:
* Sourcing and identification of startup companies in the Fintech sector;
* Analysis of these companies (technical and commercial due diligences, market analysis, calls and meetings with management teams);
* Closing of venture capital investments in these companies (supporting the investment team in the negotiation and due diligences);
* Market analysis to identify main trends, evolution of regulation and opportunities for startup companies.

You will be based in Paris (127 Champs Elysées), and work on opportunities within Europe.

Being fluent in English is required and at least conversational in French (a third language is a plus).

BlackFin est un fonds de Private Equity de 620 millions d'euros agréé par l’AMF et exclusivement dédié aux entreprises du secteur financier. L’équipe compte 15 personnes. Ses quatre fondateurs ont une vaste expérience du secteur financier et de la création d’entreprises financières.

Doxa Partners: Activities

We manage a c.$100m family investment fund, focusing on international equities and credit, from our townhouse office in Mayfair, London. Our clients have been entrepreneurially successful in their industry for nearly two centuries and are now in their sixth generation.