UKI Transaction Forensics Director (London, GB, SE1 2AF)


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EY's Forensic and Integrity Services – SPA Team provides expert support to clients, investment banks, lawyers and deal teams on M&A pricing mechanisms and the accounting aspects of sale and purchase agreements (SPAs), including support around any post deal Completion Accounts.
The opportunity


The role involves the identification and articulation of value issues related to deal completion mechanics to assist clients in their SPA negotiations and will involve interaction with deal teams and clients at all stages of a transaction from pre-deal work through to post-completion support.
Your key responsibilities


  • Working closely with clients, their bankers and legal advisers, transaction diligence teams and other SPA team members to manage and deliver advice around the price adjustment mechanisms on M&A transactions, including analysis of cash, debt and working capital adjustments, preparation of pricing schedules, reviewing and commenting on the financial aspects of the SPA, assisting the client with their preparation or review of Completion Accounts, and performing Leakage reviews.
  • Drafting detailed and compelling outputs for clients
  • Managing and reviewing the work of other team members
  • Supporting negotiations with the other side on transactions
  • Provide insightful, deal-relevant points of view and recommendations to the client by leveraging your technical and commercial experience
  • Taking ownership for Quality and Risk Management (Q&RM) to ensure client work is delivered consistently and in compliance with EY's quality standards
  • Building valued relationships with external clients and internal peers and develop a portfolio of projects by focusing on high value opportunities
  • Becoming an active counsellor, coach and role model to junior team members
  • Communicating with partners, directors in a flat team structure.

Skills and attributes for success


We are looking for an individual who is hands-on and rigorous in their working style and a highly motivated team player, capable of working in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly to both clients and other advisors. For the right candidate, this opportunity will provide stimulation and challenge and the prospect of career development in a key specialism within the firm.
To qualify for the role you must have


  • Knowledge and experience of a number of the following areas:
  • Understanding, digesting, explaining and analysing financial information
  • Modelling, testing, documenting financial scenarios and anticipating challenges
  • Analysing strengths/weaknesses of opposing cases, formulating alternative scenarios and advising on strategic implications
  • Preparation of high calibre presentations and thought leadership
  • Risk management
  • Professional accountancy qualification
  • Experience of M&A transactions
  • Strong analytical skills and commercial awareness
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to manage the work of others and provide coaching and support
  • Skills in Excel, Word, PowerPoint

Ideally, you’ll also have


  • Confident interpersonal skills
  • Commercial acumen
  • Ability to simultaneously handle diverse and pressing assignments and sensitive and adversarial situations
  • Critical thinker with very good attention to detail
  • Comfortable working both independently or in a team
  • Ability to work to tight project deadlines
  • Desire to develop strong internal and external networks
  • Strong communication skills

What we look for


A desire to:

  • develop a specialist skill-set in a high value-add area for corporate and private equity clients
  • Gain experience on a wide range of transactions (on both the buy-side and the sell-side) in different sectors and markets
  • Improve analytical and negotiation techniques
  • Gain insight into key value levers for clients in negotiating SPAs
  • Work closely with due diligence teams to identify and mitigate risk for clients
  • Develop a strong internal and external network

What we offer


  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.
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