Last year was a crazy year to be an investment banker. Transactions reached record levels and hours were atrocious. Resignations were increasingly common as analysts and associates left for the buy-sideor simply decided to do something different.
Everyone was busy in 2021, but some junior bankers were busier than others.
Below are some of the particularly busy bankers in 2021. If you know of anyone who was even busier, please let us know via email or in the comments section at the bottom of this page. We are open to suggestions.
1. Riccardo Vergine, Rothschild, Milan
Rothschild is supposed to be one of the smoothest banks to work for, and continental Europe is supposed to be easier than London or New York, but there are always exceptions and Vergine seems to be one of them.
An M&A partner at Rothschild, Vergine has worked on $46 billion in deals over his career and closed two major deals last year. They included Enel’s bid for Erg Hydro in August and Iren Group’s bid for A2a Spa in December.
2. Britton Pyne, ex-KBW, NYC
Pyne no longer works in banking – he quit to work in the much less expensive field of business development in September 2021. During a two-year banking career, he worked on $34 billion in transactions, including five in the last year (two in February, two in May and one in July), after which he probably had enough.
3. Jon Granowitz, KBW, NYC
Granowitz has only been with KBW, the boutique bank specializing in the financial sector, since September 2020. He specializes in fintech and broader agreements on financial services.
Last year, Granowitz worked on five transactions (one in February, one in May, one in July and two in December). In his very brief career so far, he has worked on deals with a total value of at least $36 billion.
Granowitz is also interested in marine science. His Instagram account shows him lying in the sand next to a wooden shark.
4. Jeremy Loiacono, Stifel, San Francisco
Loiacono is a technology banking analyst at Stifel in San Francisco. Unusually, he joined private equity and has only been there for 16 months. During his brief career, Loiacono worked on at least five deals worth $33 billion.
5. Federico Seu, Rothschild, Italy
Rothschild is presumably working hard on his juniors in Italy. Seu is actually an assistant director, having joined over seven years ago. He has worked on deals worth almost $20 billion throughout his career and worked on three contracts last year.
6. Ocean Hwang, KBW, San Francisco
Hwang is a member of the KBW team in San Francisco. He joined in February 2020 and has worked on nearly $16 billion in deals in his short career, including Ten last year (one in January, one in March, two in April, one in May, June, July and September, and two in October).
7. James Glen, Qataryst Partners, London
Glen is also a relative newcomer to investment banking. He joined Qatalyst in June 2020 after a handful of internships and has since worked on seven deals, at least three of which took place in the last year. The lifetime value of deals he has worked on is at least $12 billion.
8. Chris Dewberry, KBW, Virginia
Dewberry is yet another KBW banker. He was promoted to vice president in January and has worked in banking for almost seven years. Last year he worked on four deals, all involving US banks.
9. William Rooney, Rothschild, London
Rooney is an analyst at Rothschild, having joined Moelis & Co. in 2019. In two years, he has worked on at least $4.6 billion in transactions. Last year, this included Aema Group’s $3.6 billion purchase of Aema France and Hps Partners’ purchase of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. Rooney attended Manchester Grammar School and the University of Oxford.
10. Henrik Bruhn Sørensen, Nordea, Denmark
It would be nice if there was a woman on this list, but Bruhn Sørensen is another man. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, he has been with Nordea since 2017 and is currently a senior partner. Last year, he worked on at least three deals, spread across the building materials and gaming sectors.
When not working, Bruhn Sørensen apparently enjoys skiing and water sports. He can be seen herecooling.
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