As part of our ongoing series scrutinizing the sorts of people who achieve the highly sought-after positions on banks’ graduate programmes, we’ve looked at Deutsche Bank’s analyst class for 2014.
The list below represents a random sample of Deutsche’s most recent analyst recruits in London. Want to work for the German bank? It will help if you can emulate some of the qualities demonstrated by the people below. In particular, it seems you'll need plenty of internships...
1. Rudi Facchini
Rudi’s an analyst in Deutche’s IBD business in London. He has an MSc in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics, a Masters in International Management from St.Gallen University & Stockholm School of Economics, and a BSc in Economics and Management from the University of Bolzano. He scored 10 out of 10 for his bachelor’s thesis (on "The simulation of the flow of defaults in a CDO in response to market ups and downs") and speaks German, English and Italian fluently.
Before joining Deutsche Bank full time, he spent three months as an intern at M&A boutique Leonardo & Co. in Frankfurt and six months as an analyst at Mediobanca in Milan. Unusually, he wasn’t an intern at Deutsche Bank.
2. Jonathon Smith
Jonathon’s an analyst in Deutsche Bank’s London markets business. He joined the bank in July 2014 after completing an internship the previous summer. He has a 1st class BSc in Accounting in Finance from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MSc in Finance, also from the LSE (graded at distinction). He won a prize for the best overall performance on the LSE’s MSc course and came joint top in the final year of his BSc.
3. Wasif Syed
Wasif’s not at Deutsche Bank yet, but is part of the incoming analyst class for 2015. He too studies at the LSE. He has five A*s at A level (Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Economics, Chemistry) and eight GCSEs at A* to A.
4. Biana Giller
Biana works in Deutsche Bank's IBD (investment banking division) business. She has a first class degree in economics and finance from the London School of Economics and a Masters of Science and Strategic Management form HEC. She completed numerous internships before joining Deutsche, including six months at BNP Paribas, five months at Barclays, and two months at Aton, an investment bank in Moscow. For added colour, Biana has spent three years ballroom dancing at a 'national level'.
5. Giri Kesavan
Giri works in group technology and operations for Deutsche's asset and wealth management business in London. A graduate of Imperial College London (First Class Honours, Electrical and Electronic Engineering), he has five A*s at A level and nine A*s and one A at GCSE. Before joining Deutsche full time, he completed a six month industrial placement with the bank as well as a three month summer internship. He was also a spring intern at Goldman Sachs. Giri also spent a year and a half as president of the Imperial College Finance Society and is an active fundraiser and volunteer (with his own website focused on fund raising). For his final year masters project at Imperial, Giri completed an esoteric project on the 'detection of seismic activity on Mars using a diamagnetic sensor with levitating pyrolytic graphite.'
6. Lawrence Xu
Like Wasif, Xu hasn't arrived at Deutsche yet. However, he's joining in 2015. An economics student at Cambridge University, Xu has scored first class grades in the exams he's taken so far. Last summer he spent three months as an intern at Credit Suisse. The summer before, he spent at UBS. He's also spent one month respectively as an intern at Standard Chartered and at HSBC. He's received a heap of academic prizes for excellence at Cambridge, and was the regional finals winner in the Bank of England's Target 2.0 competition. He also came 12th in the UK's maths olympiad. And he has a black belt in karate....