Investment Banking Associate - Consumer, Food & Retail (Lazard Middle Market - Minneapolis)

The Food & Agriculture team of Lazard's Middle Market Advisory practice is seeking an M&A Associate to join their team in Minneapolis. The position offers an outstanding career opportunity in investment banking with a highly successful investment banking firm specializing in middle market mergers and acquisitions.

Lazard has specialists throughout the world with deep experience and relationships in the food industry, and has advised on industry defining transactions, playing key advisory roles in some of the most important, complex and recognizable mergers and acquisitions. During the past decade, Lazard Middle Market has completed more than 80 food and agriculture transactions encompassing nearly all facets of the industry, from feed to packaged food products to distribution.

Responsibilities. The associate serves as a key member of the deal team, working directly with managing directors, directors, vice presidents and analysts on engagements. The associate will be given significant responsibility and will gain in-depth transaction experience, client exposure, negotiation skills, and an understanding of transaction structures. In most M&A assignments, the associate will participate in and/or oversee various aspects of the following:

  • Preparation of and participation in new business presentations
  • Business research
  • Valuation analysis and financial modeling
  • Preparation of Confidential Offering Memoranda
  • Development of potential buyer lists
  • Preparation of management presentations
  • Significant client interaction at multiple levels
  • Interaction with potential buyers
  • Development, training, and mentoring of analysts.


Qualifications. Qualified candidates typically possess a combination of the following attributes:
  • Strong undergraduate and graduate academic performance (3.5 GPA or better)
  • MBA or equivalent graduate school degree in progress, preferred but not required
  • One to three years of experience as an Analyst or one year of experience as an Associate preferred
  • Background in investment banking, public accounting, or finance
  • Strong writing skills, as evidenced by writing samples
  • Ability to work a demanding schedule
  • Highly motivated, with a strong desire to be the "best of the best"



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