Day 1 – Deutsche Bank, Avenue Capital Group, Social
We just got back from our first complete day of company visits and presentations. After taking the tour of teh NYSE in the morning, we visited Deutsche Bank at 60 Wall Street. We had the pleasure of meeting with Kevin McQuilkin, a senior director of DBs Mergers & Acquisition business unit. He shared with us some of his insights into the industry and filled us in on his own career backgroun. In addition to Kevin, we were able to meet with two junior financial analysts on his team, as well as the head of college recruiting.
The visit was extremely valuable to myself and the other students and gave us the opportunity to ask questions about Deutsche Bank’s business and entry-level financial analyst positions with the firm.
Following the visit and presentation at Deutsche Bank, we visited the Avenue Capital Group. At Avenue we were able to sit down with Richard Shinder, another undergraduate alumni of Gonzaga University. Richard works in the firms financial distress unit (side note: Chelsea Clinton is actually working on his team). He has a wealth of industry experience and was the lead in Blackstone’s efforts to revive Enron and bring it back from bankruptcy.
Rich’s insights were very helpful to the students and I was happy to have the opportunity to spend some time chatting with him about his firm and his role in the distressed finance unit.
We concluded our day with a fantastic dinner at Cellini, and enjoyed a keynote presentation by J. Victor Cain, founder and Chief Investment Officer at the Treflie Funds. While his work is also in teh area of hedge funds (like Richard), but his former work experience is in the commodities business, which I find extremely compelling and fascinating.