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Audit to Corporate Finance at the Big 4 accounting firms | What you NEED to know financial due diligence

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What are the most common moves from audit to the corporate finance division, at the Big 4 accountancy firms. In this video I go through them all.

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A lot of auditors want to move across and join the corporate finance division in the big 4. I’ve worked in the corporate finance division from the start of my career and I’ve been asked several times by auditors about what life is like in corporate finance and how they can make the switch over to the department. In this video I’m going to go over the different moves auditors make into CF and discuss some of the important things you need to keep in mind if you are considering this move as well.

A lot of auditors I know and have spoken to believe that corporate finance roles are more forward looking and more strategic in nature. They’re keen to move into more of a consultant role, influencing the decision making process at their client’s firms and helping them to achieve key objectives for the business.

Another piece of feedback I’ve got is that a lot of auditors work for the same clients year in year out, which can get monotonous. Working in CF, you work with different clients on most deals so there are different personalities you get to interact with during each engagement.

One of the main teams in the Corporate Finance division is the M&A team. This team helps clients in the buying and selling of companies and They provide advice on various different aspects of the transaction. When they are helping to sell a business, they will source potential buyers, write the information memorandum document, Market the business, manage the Q&A process during the entire deal and perform various other tasks.

Another Important team in the corporate finance division is the due diligence team. they aim to verify the facts that the seller has stated in relation to the company. they will investigate various aspects of the business being sold including its financial accounts, contracts, pipeline of work, forecasts, among other things. They can also look at commercial and strategic aspects of the business being sold.

For Auditors moving across to corporate finance, the easiest Transition is into a due diligence team. It’s a popular transition for someone with an audit background to make because in both departments you need a very good understanding of how financial statements are constructed and in Both roles you’ll be required to identify financial risks.

One of the most sought-after moves by auditors is into the M&A team. speaking to a few auditor friends of mine they consider it as a really exciting and fast-paced Environment to work in. Working in audit they don’t really dive deep into the commercials off Their clients Business and largely have a focus on historical performance.

A very Common way for individuals with audit backgrounds to join the M&A team is via working in the due diligence team for a period of time first, so using the DD role as a stepping stone. Being part of the DD team, you get to experience a deal process and understand the workings of transactions. You begin to think more commercially than in audit and start to build very strong analytical skills which are required for working in the M&A team. Having 2 or 3 years experience working in the DD team put you in a very good position to apply for a M&A role.

🤔 The video provides answers to the following questions:
How to move from audit to corporate finance at a big 4 accounting firm
What is the move from audit to corporate finance like
What are the exit options for auditors at the big 4 accounting firms

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19 comments

Hardik Dhiman 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Please make a video on exit opportunities for audit professionals of big 4

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Khadija Masood 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Would like to know about independence compliance and ethics . Also about other top companies after big 4 like Grant Thornton

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H 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Would the ACA qualification be helpful in exit opportunities from deal advisory or would a CFA be better?

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What's Up Dude 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

is it hard for someone majoring accounting to start as due diligence instead of audit?

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Michael Efstration 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Best way to move from tax to valuation? I’m at one of the big 4 and just about two years in and have audit experience. Suggested firms?

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paris france 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Could you move from audit directly to valuation team or modelling team? If so which is more realistic and do you need a CPA to do that? Thanks in advance

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Salma 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Thank you for the video!
I have a question, which team will be working on:
1- Trading/ stocks market
2- client personal finance/ wealth management
3-Venture capital valuation and raising capital

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bassem mneimne 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Can you cover more about what Infrastructure Advisory does in TAS?

I know mostly TAS they do Financial Due Dillegence, while the corporate finance team is the deals team, doing more IB work.

However, in infrastructure you rarely have this separation and the team it's self is taking lead advisory.

Why not this distinction in Infrastructure Advisory at the big 4? And what is the general work they do in Infrastructure Advisory?

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Omar Galal 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Thank you!
Is moving from Big 4 CF to Private equity possible?!

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Nulu's Investment Class 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Great vedio but your hands are really destructing try to keep them in one place and move them only when its necessary

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Junaid Yaseen 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Stop… moving… your… hands

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blueskythinking83 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

I'm doing a Big4 internship right now and I think I might have a chance to get into CF. Is there any way that I can contact you for some guidance on whether CF is a good fit for my personality? I would really appreciate it

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blueskythinking83 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

What's the social stigma behind being an auditor? This is great work

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Tyler S. Clark - Dream Firms 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Informative and helpful video!

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Muskan Narang 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Really helpful video, would love to see more of it specially modelling

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SRiChannel 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Excellent video! I’m current studying to become a chartered accountant (ACA) in a varied accountancy role (audit/accounts/tax) and the move over to CF really interests me.

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Beth Childs 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Thank you! I really enjoy your videos they’re very helpful.

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Oscar Chen 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Thank you! This video was never recommended to me and I had to go through my subscription one by one just to find it

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Finance Unboxed 08/09/2021 - 11:00 Chiều

Hope you found this video informative! I'll be making another video about this topic, where I'll go over how auditors can make the move to Corp. Finance.

Timestamps:
01:31 Why auditors look to move into Corp. Fin.
02:52 The different teams in Corp. Fin
05:55 The easiest transition to Corp. Fin for auditors
07:02 The most sought after role in Corp. Fin

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