Simon Hirst has spent the majority of is live in various leadership positions within the M&A and Private Equity industries, including 12 years at Lehman Brothers. He also served as a Global Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Commerzbank and as the CEO of a London Stock Exchange listed company. In addition Simon is a co-founder and a managing partner of Tri-Artizan Partners a boutique merchant bank. He is also a visiting professor at some of the top European business schools, such as the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Cass Business School, as well as IE.
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To the show notes:
The difference between his experiences studying at Oxford and Wharton [05:04]
His experience working in M&A at Lehman Brothers [06:55]
Work-life balance (or rather the lack thereof) in M&A [08:01]
Simon’s definition of a financial crisis [11:10]
His experience in a turnaround situation of a publicly traded company [12:50]
Comparison between his experience in M&A and in private equity [14:55]
Discussion of the value added by private equity firms to businesses they acquire [17:00]
Advice for people trying to get into private equity [18:25]
Discussion of technology as a substitute for critical thinking [21:40]
Characteristics he looks at when hiring prospective job candidates and the importance of the first minute of an interview [22:35]
How the industry has changed over the years [24:30]
What he has learned about managing people [25:50]
The importance of preparing for meetings [27:40]
The advice he received from Steven Schwarzman [30:50]
Simon’s view on mentorship [32:50]
Simon’s career advice to young professionals [36:10]
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