Investment Banking Associate

Mesirow is an independent, employee-owned financial services firm founded in 1937. Headquartered in Chicago, with offices around the world, Mesirow serves clients through capabilities spanning Global Investment Management, Capital Markets and Investment Banking, and Advisory Services. We are proud that our intentional culture results in strong employee engagement, entrepreneurship and empowerment, with ongoing opportunities for volunteerism and advancement. Mesirow has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business multiple times and is one of Barron’s Top 100 RIA firms. At Mesirow, we invest in what matters: our clients, our communities, and our culture.

Mesirow Investment Banking focuses exclusively on middle-market transactions and serves both public and private companies in merger & acquisition advisory, debt advisory, restructuring and special situations, fairness and solvency opinions, board of directors’ advisory and special committee representation. Our practice combines rich industry knowledge and long-standing relationships with an entrepreneurial desire to develop tailored solutions designed to deliver measurable results.

We are currently seeking an Associate for our Investment Banking team within the Capital Markets and Investment Banking division at Mesirow.  The Associate will work as part of the investment banking team across all industry verticals on M&A, capital raise and other strategic advisory assignments.  This role will be based in our Chicago office.


  • Partner with senior bankers and clients throughout advisory engagements.
  • Coordinate transaction deliverables, manage transaction deliverables and act as key point of contact for external constituencies.
  • Manage key transaction processes including developing client company positioning strategy, in-depth market research and development of financial models.
  • Collaborate with team members to design and perform financial modeling and company valuation analysis including leveraged buyout, discounted cash flow, comparable public company, and precedent transaction analyses.
  • Act as a key partner to clients in due diligence process management, virtual data room oversight and coordination with third party service providers.
  • Drive the drafting process for client presentations and information memoranda.
  • Participate in the mentoring and development of analysts.
  • Support firm marketing efforts across Mesirow’s industry verticals.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.


  • Minimum of 3 years of Investment Banking experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. Finance, Accounting, Economics.)
  • MBA is preferred but not a requirement.
  • Strong analytical capabilities including financial statement analysis, financial accounting and company valuation.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business writing and can articulate complex ideas simply and summarize them effectively.
  • Capable of completing multiple project-oriented tasks effectively and in a timely manner with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently while being team-oriented; prioritize tasks, react to changes and solve critical issues.
  • Commitment to excellence in your work, adhering to high professional and ethical standards.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft applications including PowerPoint.  Experience in using CapIQ and other research databases desired.

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