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This is the Close the Deal podcast where you can hear from finance professionals to educate, motivate and inspire you as you consider careers in finance. Close the Deal is an international mergers and acquisitions competition and online course where high school, undergraduate, graduate students, and MBAs can develop real M&A deals with the help of experienced mentors.

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This is the Close the Deal podcast where you can hear from finance professionals to educate, motivate and inspire you as you consider careers in finance. Close the Deal is an international mergers and acquisitions competition and online course where high school, undergraduate, graduate students, and MBAs can develop real M&A deals with the help of experienced mentors.

    “Careers in Private Equity and Investment Banking” an interview with Nassim Ahmed

    “Careers in Private Equity and Investment Banking” an interview with Nassim Ahmed

    On this episode of the Close the Deal Podcast, we talk to Nassim Ahmed, a Vice President at Leonis Partners. We discuss his background in private equity and what led him to become a Technology sector specialist before making the switch to M&A advisory at a New York-based Investment Bank looking to expand its presence in EMEA. Additionally, Nassim provides useful and comprehensive advice for students looking to pursue a career in mergers and acquisitions.



    Check out our M&A Competition and online course for students looking for careers in finance, investment banking and private equity at www.closethedealcompetition.com

    • 30 min
    “Strategy, M&A, TMT and CFO @ PayU”, an interview with Aakash Moondhra

    “Strategy, M&A, TMT and CFO @ PayU”, an interview with Aakash Moondhra

    On this episode of the Close the Deal Podcast, we talk to Aakash Moondhra, the current CFO at PayU, a leading payment service provider. He talks to us about his background growing up in India and his pathway to achieving his CA qualification and MBA degree. We also discuss a variety of roles he has held in consulting, strategy and private equity at notable organisations including AT&T and Nokia before transitioning to a CFO.

    Check out our M&A Competition and online course for students looking for careers in finance, investment banking and private equity at www.closethedealcompetition.com

    • 23 min
    “From Physics to McKinsey to M&A”, an interview with Nathan Chandra

    “From Physics to McKinsey to M&A”, an interview with Nathan Chandra

    On this episode of the Close the Deal Podcast, we talk to Nathan Chandra, an M&A VP at Deloitte in Tokyo, about his education experience studying Physics and how that led him to pursue a successful consulting career at McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group. Additionally, we spend some time discussing the nature of his role at Deloitte which focuses on commercial and operational due diligence as well as acquisition strategy.

    • 26 min
    "Global M&A Landscape, an MD's POV" interview with Saad Benani

    "Global M&A Landscape, an MD's POV" interview with Saad Benani

    On this episode of the Close the Deal Podcast, we hear from Saad Benani, a Bulge Bracket Managing Director with 26 years of experience in Investment Banking. We discuss the responsibilities and qualities of a Senior Banker along with the transition from deal work to origination and client relationships. Additionally, we talk about the move through 3 major offices: New York, London, and Dubai and finally explore the most overlooked part of M&A.

    • 38 min
    "Dynamics of M&A in the Gulf", interview with Anshul Garg

    "Dynamics of M&A in the Gulf", interview with Anshul Garg

    On the premier episode of the Close the Deal Podcast, we hear from Anshul Garg, an associate with 6 years of experience in investment banking and private equity. We explore Anshul's personal journey into M&A from his education in India's most prestigious universities. We cover the day-to-day life as an analyst in IB, the transition into an associate, and Anshul's thoughts on the dynamics of M&A with current issues of the pandemic, specifically focusing on the middle east.

    • 36 min

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