An interview with Guillem Vercher, analyst at Livingstone's Valencia office
In this interview, we will meet Guillem Vercher, an analyst at the Livingstone office in Valencia.
He began his career at Livingstone as an intern in the summer of 2019 and was subsequently hired as an Analyst. Guillem is gaining significant experience in the company and is gradually progressing thanks to his passion and his positive attitude.
How did you come to join Livingstone Partners?
I started working at Livingstone Partners in September 2020, after having done an internship here in the summer of 2019. During my undergraduate degree, I became very interested in investment banking and, especially, in M&A.
After consulting different sources, I concluded that there is nowhere better in Spain than Livingstone Partners to start my career in M&A. It was then that, thanks to a mutual contact, I was put in touch with one of the partners. After interviewing, I started my summer internship. After a great experience and after having learned a lot, I returned to the United States to finish school. Once I finished, it was clear to me that I wanted to start my professional career at Livingstone. After several months in continuous contact with the partners of Livingstone, finally, in September 2020, I was able to join the team, at the same time as starting a master’s degree in finance.
How has Livingstone influenced your career? What challenges have you faced?
Livingstone has been key in my career, as it was the first company that bet on me. First, they opened their doors for me as an intern and offered me the chance to learn about the different aspects of M&A. Then they bet on me as an analyst. In addition, they helped me combine my work with my master’s degree in finance.
Thanks to Livingstone I can grow professionally in the M&A sector. As an analyst, I have worked on numerous projects and in different sectors. This has allowed me to become familiar with many of them, which is very interesting and enriching. In addition, at Livingstone, all team members are present in the different phases of the deal, allowing us to see all aspects of a transaction from start to finish. Here, no matter what position you hold, you are always encouraged to take on greater challenges and responsibilities, which forces you to always give your best. I have collaborated in very interesting and diverse projects, giving me more experience.
Has Livingstone met your expectations?
Livingstone has exceeded all my expectations, both professionally and personally. From a professional point of view, the firm works on very interesting projects with top-level companies, which allows you to meet great professionals from whom you can learn a lot. It also allows you to get to know many sectors and companies. From a personal point of view, I have great colleagues.
“In addition to co-workers who have a lot of experience, I truly enjoy working with everyone on my team. People are always willing to help, and the company culture is fantastic. “
What do you like most about working at Livingstone?
What I love most about working at Livingstone Partners is the learning curve this job offers. It allows you to see the entire process of a deal, from start to finish, meet successful entrepreneurs, and learn from them, see different business models, become familiar with all kinds of sectors, assume responsibilities, learn from your colleagues, and create a very interesting network of contacts. All this, plus the added benefit of working with colleagues whom I admire, is the best thing about working with Livingstone.
What does an analyst’s typical day look like?
The reality is that there is no typical day at Livingstone, as it depends largely on the status of the projects you are working on. And in turn, each project is totally different from the others, which makes the work very interesting. A typical day includes things like answering emails from ongoing projects, participating in video calls with clients and/or counterparties, analyzing sectors, working on Excel documents with financial models or PowerPoint presentations, and visiting companies, etc.
What has been the most memorable experience since working at Livingstone?
Without a doubt, the most memorable moment was the day the first transaction I participated in was signed, where we sold 100% of inDenova to Lleida.net. Signing a deal is always a very exciting time, as it means that we have done our job well, but when it is your first signature, it is even better.
What’s the most memorable project you’ve worked on?
The most memorable project I have worked on is, without a doubt, the sale of Club Deportivo Castellón S.A.D. As a sports lover and football fan, participating in the sale of a historic Spanish football team has been something very special for me. This project allowed me to get to know a sector that I am passionate about.
Do you have any advice for someone considering joining Livingstone?
My advice is to don’t hesitate to join Livingstone; you won’t regret it. You will work for a prestigious M&A firm, where you will be welcomed with open arms by all colleagues.
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