London Business School & Finance

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LBSA quick glance at London Business School: LBS currently ties for first place as the best international business school in the world (alongside Chicago Booth in the U.S.), according to Bloomberg Businessweek (2012) and fourth place in the world by The Financial Times (2013).

London Business School’s Class of 2013

This year’s graduating class had 403 students. The age range of the students was 24-37, with an average of 5.7 years of work experience. The average GMAT score for the class of 2013 was 700. 45% of entering students come from the Corporate Sector, 31% from Finance backgrounds, and 24% from Consulting.

London Business School tracks the number of career switchers from other industries to finance. Of the 128 graduates in the class of 2012 who entered the finance industry, 23% transitioned from consulting backgrounds, 19% transitioned from the Corporate Sector, and 58% were continuing from previous backgrounds in the finance industry.

London Academics Related to Finance

In London’s flexible 15-21 month MBA program, students receive the opportunity to explore the business world through experiential learning and an international outlook.

In Year 1 students take core courses (descriptions found here) broken up into three terms:

Term 1 courses:

• Corporate Finance
• Data, Models and Decisions
• Financial Accounting
• Managerial Economics
• Strategy

Term 2 courses:

• Operations Management Marketing Managing Organizational Behavior
• Management Accounting

Term 3 Courses:

• Business, Government and Society
• Discovering Entrepreneurial Opportunities
• Global Business Environment
• London Business Experiences

The second year of study is spent on Capstone Projects and on Global Business Experiences (GBE).

GBE destinations for finance students may include Boston/New York City (Understanding Incentives in the Asset Management Industry) or Hong Kong (Developing China's Financial Future).

Students also take 10-12 electives and can choose from different subject areas. Finance students would choose from the following elective courses:

• Advanced Corporate Finance
• Behavioural Finance
• Capital Markets & Financing
• Credit Risk
• Derivatives
• Equity Investment Management
• Financial Engineering and Risk Management
• Fixed Income Securities
• Hedge Funds
• International Finance
• Mergers, Management Buyouts and Other Corporate Reorganisations
• Real Estate Finance
• Topics in Asset Management

London Finance Clubs and Competitions

• Finance Club
Responsible Business Club
Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC)
• Private Equity & Venture Capital Club
European Business School MBA Private Equity Case Competition
LBS Stock Pitch Competition
Financial Services Essay Competition

Finance Hiring Stats at London Business School

The chart below shows the hiring stats for 2012 MBA careers in finance:

Salary Range (USD)
Base Salary $66,274-$225,000
Sign-On Bonus $7,380-$155,940
Year-End Bonus $9,356-$249,504


33% of LBS students in the class of 2013 had internships in the finance sector:

• 19% - Investment Banking/Brokerage
• 5% - Investment Management/Research
• 4% - Private Equity/Buyouts
• 2% - Venture Capital
• 1% - Retail and Commercial Banking
• 1% - Government and Supranational
• 1% - Other Financial Services

Top full-time hirers in the finance industry and the number of students they recruited include:

Citi 12
Deutsche Bank 11
Goldman Sachs 7
Barclays 5
Bank of America Merrill Lynch 4
Credit Suisse 3
J.P. Morgan 3
Morgan Stanley 3
Santander 3
Actis 2
Canter Equity Partners 2
Coller Capital 2
Fidelity Worldwide Investment 2
First Reserve Corporation 2
GE Capital 2
International Finance 2
Corporation (IFC) Itau Unibanco 2
Moelis & Company 2

Top summer intern hirers and the number of interns they hired include:

Credit Suisse 15
J.P. Morgan 8
Citi 8
Barclays 6
Nomura 6
Deutsche Bank 6
Fidelity Worldwide Investment 4
Goldman Sachs 4
Bank of America Merrill Lynch 3
Standard Chartered Bank 3
BMO Bank of Montreal 2
Atomico 2
Moelis & Company 2
Morgan Stanley 2
Coller Capital 2
Pala Investments 2
ADC African Developement 2
Corporation Itau Unibanco 2
International Finance Corporation 2


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