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Originator (Associate) - DOD Acquisition Finance & Advisory

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About Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Crédit Agricole CIB)

Crédit Agricole CIB is the corporate and investment banking arm of Credit Agricole Group, the 12th largest banking group worldwide in terms of tier 1 capital (The Banker, July 2021). Nearly 8,600 employees across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa support the Bank's clients, meeting their financial needs throughout the world. Crédit Agricole CIB offers its large corporate and institutional clients a range of products and services in capital markets activities, investment banking, structured finance, commercial banking and international trade. The Bank is a pioneer in the area of climate finance, and is currently a market leader in this segment with a complete offer for all its clients.

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Job description

Business type

Types of Jobs - Corporate & Investment Banking

Job title

Originator (Associate) - DOD Acquisition Finance & Advisory

Contract type

Permanent Contract

Job summary

The Originator will work within a team of 4 originators based in London and reporting to a Team Head. The team is part of DOD - Acquisition Finance & Advisory (“AFA”) which combines Corporate Acquisition Finance solutions and Rating & Capital Advisory services.
London AFA Originators will mainly cover the U.K., Russia and the Middle East, and will be staffed in accordance with workload across the team and the development of the originators’ skill set and knowledge.

Key responsibilities
1. Corporate Acquisition Finance
Marketing & Structuring
˗    Preparation and production of Acquisition Finance & Advisory pitch books for corporate clients in liaison with other business lines (DCM, ECM, GIB and DOD Distribution & Origination teams)
˗    Financial modelling, including cash flow analysis & financial projections
˗    Proposition of financing structure (tranching, pricing, main covenants)
˗    Participation to client meetings with Senior Banker(s) and other relevant colleagues

Transaction Management & Execution
˗    Preparation of the business opportunity memorandum ("BOM") to be submitted to General Management
˗    Preparation of transaction requests (risk analysis, peer analysis, transaction structure, transaction profitability, production of bank and stressed business cases, etc.) and coordination of the credit process (liaison with RPC, CPM/ALM, Coverage)
˗    Preparation of syndication materials (information memorandum, bank presentations)
˗    Production and review of loan documentation (term sheets, mandate letters, facility agreements)
˗    Follow established CAF procedures and relevant DOD procedures

2. Rating & Capital Advisory
Support RCA Senior Advisors with a view to originating and executing financial advisory mandates. In practice this will include:
˗    Analyse companies’ business model, capital structure, financial policy
˗    Position and benchmark the companies within their peer group within the industry / close industries
˗    Assess their credit risk based on Rating Agencies’ methodologies
˗    Elaborate financial model and measure the impact of alterations of the business perimeter, capital structure, funding, financial policy, liquidity, etc.
˗    Determine and optimise the debt capacity given rating constraints / targets and propose actions on how to meet the companies’ objectives in terms of cost of capital / financial policy
˗    Help clients define the best strategy to secure adequate ratings
˗    Pitch and execute Rating Advisory missions, in order either to get an inaugural rating or to optimize existing ratings and therefore improve companies’ access to DCM / debt capacity
˗    May be staffed in accordance with the workload on a need basis without sectorial specialization.

Key Internal and External contacts
˗    Coverage bankers, SCOs and SROs
˗    Business lines (GIB, SFI, GMD, ITB, DOD)
˗    Clients (CEOs, CFOs, Treasurers, Investor Relations, etc.)
˗    Rating Agenci

Position location

Geographical area

Europe, United Kingdom



Candidate criteria

Minimal education level

Bachelor Degree / BSc Degree or equivalent

Academic qualification / Speciality


University degree (or equivalent)

Required skills



-       Solid financial background including corporate finance (modelling, financial analysis, rating and accounting) expertise.

-       Strong advisory skills and the personality to develop the business.

-       Advising clients (CEO’s and CFO’s) and corporate client-facing teams on various aspects to achieve optimal financing outcomes;

-       Knowledge of and ability to talk across specific industry sectors.


·         Knowledge of Rating Agency process / methodologies

·         Strong background in Capital Markets

Previous experience working in Rating Advisory or Acquisition Finance 

Technical skills required


·         Strong communication skills

·         Strong quantitative analytical skills

·         Team Player

·         Able to work with product lines and colleagues in different locations

·         Ability to react quickly and use own initiative

·         Good Interpersonal Skills

·         Good Financial & Accounting Knowledge

·         MS Office

Financial modelling




Desirable: French • Knowledge of a third language