Lazard is the world’s largest independent financial advisory firm, built over generations on a foundation of client service. Spread across 43 cities around the world, our people represent over 70 different nationalities and advise corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments, sovereign entities and individuals in every major region.
That’s why we take a different perspective when it comes to our Financial Advisory talent – we believe we can serve our clients best with people who are analysts, strategists, relationship builders and innovators from all types of degree backgrounds. We believe that the right talent could be anywhere, so if you’d like to embrace variety and explore your career opportunities from a different perspective, we’d love to hear from you.
The Lazard experience is distinctly different from other firms. Our new
recruits work in a collaborative environment alongside our most senior
people. You will be highly visible, which affords you the opportunity to
show what you can do. We will challenge you to be your best, because we
view you as a future leader of the firm. For the right kind of person,
the opportunities at Lazard are endless.
To apply now, click here.
- Name: Evgeny Derevyaga
- Role: Investment Banking Analyst (Healthcare)
- Joined: July 2015
- University: Vlerick Business School
- Degree: Masters in Financial Management
What attracted you to a career in investment banking?
Towards the end of my studies, I found myself in the same situation as many other students – at the crossroads of possible career choices. A career in investment banking clearly stood out for me because of the unique skill set required to do the role. In addition, it was hard to ignore what it has to offer you in return – a strong sense of challenge, early exposure to senior executives, an incredibly steep learning curve, the opportunity to work with motivated and talented colleagues and an overall enjoyable working experience.
What are the advantages of working in Lazard as compared to other banks?
Lazard is renowned for its intellectual capital and high-quality advice.
As an analyst you gain larger exposure to high-profile transactions – much earlier than you potentially would do at other larger organisations. Working in smaller teams means you conduct meaningful research and analysis and you can also see the impact of your work.
There is also a strong collegiate company culture, which allows analysts to build a strong network across the business, and a well-balanced social environment.
Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to get into the industry?
I believe that the most important question to consider is whether investment banking can offer what you are looking for in your career. Attend various events and insight opportunities organised throughout the year and really consider if the role and the environment would work best for you. Make sure you talk to as many people as you can so you can learn about the role from different perspectives. Every analyst has a different story to tell but at Lazard that is what also makes us unique. We celebrate and encourage diversity of thought from the people who work here.
- Name: Yi Jean Lim
- Role: Investment Banking Analyst (Technology, Media & Telecoms)
- Joined: June 2015
- University: University of California Berkley
- Degree: Business Administration
What does your role involve?
The role of an analyst is to support the senior bankers, helping them to advise clients on strategic alternatives and maximising shareholder value. A big part of my role involves analysing the capital structure of a company and identifying strategic opportunities through financial analysis and industry research. What I really like about my job is that it allows me to have a real impact and to take ownership of certain projects.
Why did you choose a job in this sector/profession?
When I thought about possible career options, I took two things into consideration: what I enjoy and what I am good at. I recognised that I really felt engaged whenever my studies involved numbers and different forms of analysis. Similarly, I really enjoyed working in teams and with people who were focused and driven.
It’s at this point that I identified Investment Banking as an ideal career path for me to pursue. I then applied for an internship with Lazard and had an incredible experience, which made my decision on what I want to do after graduation easy.
It was also important for me to work in a meritocratic industry and finance fits the bill. Once you break into the industry, it doesn’t matter who you are and where you came from. As long as you possess the right attitude and produce consistently good work, you will succeed.
What does Lazard do to support women in the workplace?
Lazard has a strong Women in Banking (WIB) network within the firm. There are various initiatives to help us connect and learn from each other through organised monthly lunches, conferences and even dinner and drinks at a Managing Director’s house!
There have long been concerns in the industry about the lack of women, but not enough about the empowerment and support for women. I am glad to be a part of a firm that recognises that disconnect and has laid out concrete initiatives for boosting recruitment and supporting existing female employees.
Even as a first-year analyst, I never felt that I was ‘too junior’ to voice out my opinion on the recruitment and retention plans. I recently worked with another colleague to run a Women’s Breakfast Networking event to encourage female students across all disciplines to consider finance and to debunk the common misconceptions about the profession. It is extremely rewarding to be able to play a bigger role in the firm which will lay the foundation for a more equal and diverse future.
What type of training and professional development does Lazard offer?
Lazard hosts training for entry-level hires across the globe, in addition to offering ongoing training and development opportunities during the calendar year.
Are there opportunities for mobility across global offices?
Yes. The firm has a strong secondment program that places high-performing individuals in a new office, typically for a period of one year.
Does Lazard hire foreign nationals and sponsor work visas?
Yes. We cannot advise you on your work eligibility status, but we do not reject any candidate because of his or her need to obtain appropriate work authorization. You are free to apply to any business area or region of interest and we will consider your application(s) for the corresponding areas of the firm.
It should be noted that any offer of employment issued will be subject to immigration approval being obtained prior to your start date.
When can I expect to hear back regarding the status of my submission?
Our recruiters will do their best to get back to you within a few weeks of your application, depending on the recruitment time-line for a particular position and the volume of resumes received.