Financial Sponsors Coverage Trainee

Trainee|London|Corporate and Investment Banking

Financial Sponsors Coverage Trainee

London, United Kingdom Trainee Corporate and Investment Banking


Description of the Business Line or Department


The Financial Sponsor Coverage Group (FSC) is a global group. It was created in 2001 to build on the dynamic growth of private equity and with a view to employing the Bank's extensive experience and wide-ranging capabilities in the leveraged buy-out market. A Financial Sponsor is another name for a private equity investment firm. Private equity has attained an evident maturity and Financial Sponsors have evolved into major players in the financial industry. They have also become key clients of SG CIB, generating substantial NBI every year across multiple product lines.

The FSC Group covers traditional private equity firms as well as infrastructure funds, both standalone and within traditional private equity firms. They provide business lines within SG CIB with access to the financial sponsor clients' deal flow, and also assist in cross-selling all of SGCIB's key products to financial sponsors by providing expertise in: Mergers & Acquisitions, Leveraged Finance, Equity Capital Markets, High Yield, Project Finance, Reserve Based Finance, Securitisation, Derivatives & Fixed Income, FX Hedging, LBO Closing and Cash Management, and Commodity Hedging.

By bringing all the Bank's capabilities and firepower to key financial sponsors, the FSC team's ambition is to make SG CIB a major player in the private equity markets.

Summary of the key purposes of the role

You will be part of the Financial Sponsors Coverage organization and work closely with Senior Bankers and Analysts/Associates. The role can be summarized as follows:

 Bring support to Senior Bankers/MDs in deal origination and structuring

 Contribute to the Client Profitability monitoring


 Participate actively in the development of the FSC franchise

Summary of responsibilities 

Bring support to Senior Bankers/MDs in deal origination and structuring

-  Conduct industry research, including Private Equity market trends, peers analysis, and corporate finance opportunities mapping by sector

-  Write Briefing Notes for Senior Management

-  Provide presentations, client information, and other material needed by bankers for client meetings

-  Prepare / review slides for corporate finance mandates

-  Write Memos to support new transactions internally

-  Support the closing of Commercial Banking credit facilities

Contribute to the Client Profitability monitoring

-  Be responsible for the review of client profitability, both achieved and estimated

-  Update and maintaining the client reference tables in internal referential systems (creation and update of client group structures in CRM systems)

Participate actively in the development of the FSC franchise

-  Optimise existing systems and processes in place

-  Develop relationships across the bank’s full range of business lines and products to effectively gather and relay client information

Level of autonomy and authority

Some autonomy, but always working under senior supervision

Profile required


 Good understanding of the Financial Sponsors market

 Previous banking experience necessary

 Proficient in Excel and PowerPoint, VBA would be a plus

 Good communication / interpersonal skills

 Excellent level in English

 Well organized

 Confident with delegated tasks

 Ability to work under tight deadlines



Why join us

People join for the impact they can have on us. They stay for the impact we have on them. A flatter structure offers visibility and exposure beyond that of our competitors, so you know our names, and we know yours. It's personable, human, and inspires success through passion. By encouraging open mindedness and a willingness to share ideas, we have adapted to market changes and thrived through innovation. Bringing words like “hard work” and “dedication” together with “community” and “respect” has enabled us to work collaboratively and build our future together. We call this Team Spirit and it's what makes us different. It's what makes you different.

Business insight

If you feel you have the required experience and qualifications, then please apply to the SG Resourcing Team, and we will manage your application. At Société Générale, we believe our people are our strength and are core to the success of our business. As such, we search for, recruit and appoint the best available person on the basis of aptitude and ability, regardless of sex, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief or gender reassignment.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual or gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 20000RT0
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2021/02/15
Publication date: 2020/12/15