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Latin America’s fastest-growing country has set its sights high. First it needs a government as impressive as its economy
ON A humid stretch of Pacific coast in one of the poorest parts of the Americas, somebody seems to have misplaced a chunk of Manhattan. The 50-storey skyscrapers of Panama City jut out of the jungle like nowhere else in low-rise Central America. Panama’s smart banks, open economy and long queues of boats at its ports have caused many to compare it to Singapore, another steamy success story. Panama’s president, Ricardo Martinelli, made his country’s first state visit there in 2010 and later said, “We copy a lot from Singapore and we need to copy more.”
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Blackstone’s Byron Wien Singlehandedly Refutes The Double Dip, Hilarity Abounds
|To all the bulls out there, we have a Wien-er just for you. In an essay that is basically a sequel to last week’s job application in a second-tier position in the administration by a Moody’s strategist and a Princeton economist (yes, yes, we know… oxymorons), the BlackStone head of something, Byron Wien, says the fututre for the market, the economy, and pretty much everything else is brighter than a nuclear bomb (incidentally one going off today would likely send the market into the greatest melt up in history). Lest there be any confuction what Byron’s view is: “My view is that the economy is going through a temporary lull and business conditions will improve later this year and in 2011.” At least Wien is honest: “In preparing this essay I used research from Goldman Sachs, Lord Abbett, Credit Suisse and International Strategy and Investments for arguments on both sides of the double-dip issue.” Mmhmm – that some serious “both sides” source list. And the piece de resistance: “The factors that argue against a resumption of the recession are the strong liquidity position of corporations which have 6% of their assets in cash, a level not seen since the 1960s, and the fact that both housing and autos are at low levels of production and not likely to drop further.” Over the weekend we will present an extended analysis finally putting to rest the inane argument that corporations are flush with cash: while true on a gross basis, the net level of cash vs debt, and especially vs equity, is at one of the worst levels in history. This ongoing childish avoidances of the liability side of the corporate balance sheet must stop and someone has to finally shut up these so called sophisticated economists and their endless lies. Feel free to print out two copies of the attached Wien essay: we hear his work “product” is much better in two ply format.
h/t FMX Connect
The Perfect M&A Resume
As investment banks and M&A advisory firms continue to hire for mergers and acquisitions roles, presenting a well-written resume can help get you past the initial gatekeepers.
And even though many of the standard resume requirements hold true, there are some additional points to keep in mind when searching for M&A work, said experts. For one, a standard M&A resume is two pages instead of the traditional one-page resume, to leave room for the level of detail needed for describing M&A experience, said Mary Kier, vice chairman at Cook Associates, a Chicago-based executive search and M&A advisory services firm.
Another difference is the need to include as many numbers as possible to illustrate accomplishments and avoid elaborately-worded statements, said Kier. “Someone that wants to make a better career for themselves in M&A needs to be very cognizant of what the numbers look like and the financial elements of a business.”
Here are additional ways to perfect your mergers and acquisitions resume:
Stress Specialized Knowledge
While it may seem better to show knowledge across the board, Brett Good, a district president at staffing firm Robert Half International Inc. said more companies are eager to see candidates that could be an exact fit. Include specialized knowledge about the sector and industry, regulatory policies or any complex modeling experience, said Good, who works with M&A applicants. This can be especially important in differentiating yourself as a fit for some corporate development positions.
Leave Out Company Names
Unless the deal is in the public domain, naming companies could mean a possible violation of the non-disclosure agreement. Instead of using official company names, Good suggested using telling details like “pet food manufacturer in excess of $100 million” to avoid a breach of confidentiality. This common mistake on a resume can cause a hiring manager to question your judgment as a potential employee, he said.
Integrate a Deal List
Kier asks the M&A applicants she works with to include a separate list of specific deals under each company heading. In addition to mentioning accomplishments for each chronologically listed position, use another indented list to explain your work on specific deals. “Show the complexity of those deals — describe the quantitative structure, what did you do and what did that result in,” she suggested. Providing these additional bullet points and including which side of the deal you focused on can help a hiring manager scan a resume quickly for applicable experience.
Wendy Enelow author of “Expert Resumes for Managers & Executives” said bullet points could read similar to the ones below and even be listed under their own section of a resume:
— $22 million acquisition of Company A
Led financial due diligence, contract negotiations and final deal transaction for acquisition that propelled Company B into the rapidly expanding B2B logistics market in Northern Europe.
— $40 million acquisition of Company X
Orchestrated complex 2-year due diligence for proposed acquisition. Advised Board of Directors and CEO not to proceed with transaction based on significant risk exposure and poor corporate credit rating.
Make a Short Version
While a two-page resume can be a good fit for a recruiter, consider providing an abridged version if you’re simply sending an email introduction to someone within the firm, said Kier. A short bio including past deals and accomplishments can quickly provide relevant info to time-strapped managers who won’t read the standard two-page resume, she said. “Deal guys have very little time and five minutes is very valuable to them,” she said. “That one page document should grab their attention or you might lose your audience.”
Point Out Global Reach
“Every job seeker — particularly folks involved in M&A transactions — should highlight their experience working, traveling and studying abroad, and their foreign language skills,” said Enelow. Conveying international experience is always important because so many transactions have a global reach even if there’s little physical travel involved.
Avoid the Summary
Even as some career experts tout summaries or objectives, most M&A recruiters said it’s better left off this type of resume. Especially if you have deep experience, use the extra space to delve into the results from specific deals or flaunt your quantitative knowledge when explaining accomplishments. Since most summaries are simply an easy way to get important keywords to the top of the resume, be sure to still include industry terms throughout. (As a quick guide use the keywords most often listed in the job descriptions you’re applying for when writing about your work.)
Skip Subjective Descriptions
Mentioning qualities like “self-motivated” or “articulate” can actually come off sounding too subjective and cause your resume to be passed over, said Steven Provenzano, author of “Top Secret Executive Resumes”. Subjective language isn’t helpful because a hiring manager already expects these qualities from someone who’s been successful in previous M&A roles: “It’s obvious that it’s fluff material and you can’t prove it false,” he said. As you list information about each of your previous roles, use verifiable facts instead of opinion-based details to demonstrate high performance, he suggested.
As you write your resume, pay attention to which skills you emphasize. Tout the skills that are truly appropriate for an M&A position instead of simply conveying your business skills, said Tim White, a partner at Kaye/Bassman International Corp., a Plano, Texas-based executive search firm. “Orient everything on your resume so that it relates [to the role],” he says. And of course, skipping basics like spell-check, not using appropriate financial terms and presenting a cluttered format can also keep you out of the running.
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