What is Deals Strategy?
“Due diligence”, which translates to “reasonable care”, became a common legal and business term after the United States’ Securities Act of 1933. Since then it has grown and evolved into the cornerstone of any transaction. The definition of acquisition diligence, in particular, has broadened over time and now includes all aspects of a business: financial, operational, IT, HR, legal, tax and commercial. At Deals Strategy we are concerned with the latter: commercial due diligence which sits at the intersection of M&A and Strategy.
We apply a strategy skill set in an M&A context. During a transaction, information asymmetry is a given: naturally, the target knows more about their company than the acquirer and this often raises key questions. Due to the fast-paced and high-stakes nature of M&A activities, clients need substantive answers quickly. We take an “outside-in” approach to provide essential insights and mark any “red flags” that could compromise the commercial attractiveness of a company. By engaging in research, analyzing company and market data, building market models, and conducting interviews with industry experts, we provide our clients with the necessary knowledge to make the right decisions.
We work with all our clients on their strategic and investment agenda. Our clients include corporate acquirers and private equity (PE) houses, both with their unique needs.
For corporate clients, post-acquisition revenue and costs synergies, operational capabilities, joint-value opportunities, “culture” (mis)matches are key areas of interest. Being part of a broader Deals business unit, allows us to leverage experience in order to unlock potential, recognize any roadblocks and create post-deal value.
For PE clients, we are able to provide quick deep-dives into industry dynamics and value chains, top-line development, business plan assessment, and investigate exit opportunities allowing them to capitalize on key investment opportunities.
Who are we looking for?
Are you in your final year(s) of university? Are you looking for a great way to start your career, and are you interested in applying Strategic thinking to a Deals process? If so, then we have a unique opportunity for you!
We are looking for eager talents with proven affinity with Strategy and / or M&A who have a strong personal drive and are ready to take the next step in their career.
- Are currently enrolled in university education and (will) obtain(ed) a financial / economic, business or technical Master degree between September 2022 and September 2023;
- Have above-average study results combined with extracurricular activities;
- Are enthusiastic, a team player, result driven and highly motivated to continue learning;
- Have affinity with mergers and acquisitions, finance and strategy;
- Are curious, have strong analytical skills and a flexible mindset;
- Have excellent skills in Dutch and English, both oral and written.
What do we offer?
Working at PwC means working with diverse clients and inspiring colleagues from many backgrounds and with extensive employee benefits that are drafted with your future growth and flexible work-life balance in mind.
At PwC, you’ll start making an impact on day one. Teams are small. The learning curve is steep. As a Deals Strategy intern, you’ll work with and be mentored by Deals Strategy consultants as you engage in market research, work with data and contribute to team brainstorm sessions. Internships are usually between three and six months long, with a minimum of 4 days a week given the dynamics of the deal’s environment.
Typically an internship is a pathway into a full time associate position post-graduation.