I’ll be at this seminar this afternoon… see you there!

Update: it was a surprisingly good event, with some very insightful talks. Michael Simmonds was good: slides here. Also good were John Evans and Miles Kumaresan. And the wine tasting afterwards was quite pleasant too…

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Just finished reading Jonathan Knee’s The Accidental Investment Banker. He tells the story of his M&A career at Goldman’s and Morgan Stanley. There’s a good mix of industry history, explanation of M&A, and amusing anecdote. Several newsworthy principals figure, including John Thain. Since I’ve spent my banking career working on FI & FX systems I learned a lot about the M&A and IPO businesses. Recommended.