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Investment Banking Externship

5 weeks Practical Experience

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Begin your first step in investment banking with five weeks of practical work experience

In this 5-week externship, you will be treated as an investment banking trainee and receive weekly training provided by Mr. Weimin Chen, the Managing Director and Head of China of Houlihan Lockey and former General Manager of Lazard (Beijing). This is a combination of industry-leading masterclasses and project-based learning, enabling you to absorb both technical knowledge and gain relevant work experience.


Are you suitable?

This program is for you if you are:

Want to learn about investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, privatization and restructuring
Gain experience and learn what it's like to be an investment banker
Learn practical skills from a industry-leading figure

Your Instructor

Mr. Weimin Chen Managing Director and Head of China of Houlihan Lockey

Mr. Chen is Houlihan Lokey's head of China, responsible for overseeing and developing the company's investment banking business in the Chinese market. Before joining Houlihan, he was the General Manager of Lazard(NYSE: LAZ) in Beijing, another well-known investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions and restructuring.

Before joining Lazard, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Trina Solar (SHA: 688599) where he successfully managed the transition of IPO process.

Mr. Chen holds an MBA degree from London Business School and a bachelor's degree in Economics from Beijing University of International Business and Economics.

Mr. Chen donates all proceeds to charities to support the public education and nurture the next generation.

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Houlihan Lokey (NYSE: HLI) ​​is a U.S.-based international investment bank with expertise in Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Fairness Opinions, Valuations and Financial Restructuring.

According to Refinitiv rankings, Houlihan Lokey ranked:

  • No. 1 M&A advisor for the past 7 years
  • Ranked as the No. 1 Global Investment Bank Restructuring for 8 consecutive years
  • In the past 20 years, it has been rated as the 1st global advisor M&A fairness opinion

Houlihan Lokey was responsible for more than 1,000 restructuring transactions worth over $2.5 trillion, far exceeding the combined GDP of Canada, Sweden and South Africa.

Program Overview

Five-Week Investment Banking Experience
The Nature of Investment Banking

Mr. Chen will share his 30 years of experience in the financial field as an industry leader, head of investment banking and CFO of listed companies. He will also share tips and secrets for successful investment banking.

As a financial industry leader, China Head of an investment bank and CFO of a listed company, Mr. Chen will share his 30 years of experience in the financial field. He will teach and share tips and secrets for success in investment banking and the financial industry.

Cross-border M&A

As China's economy grows, cross-border mergers and acquisitions are becoming more and more popular in the investment banking world. But how exactly does cross-border M&A work? What are the main considerations? What deal structures and financing options are available? How to conduct valuation analysis and due diligence? Mr. Chen will discuss all these issues as well as common problems in cross-border M&A in China based on his years of field experience and case studies.

Privatization of China Concept Shares

China Concept Stock refers to Chinese companies listed on overseas stock exchanges, such as Alibaba, Tencent, China Mobile. However, there has been a recent trend towards privatization, leading to volatility in U.S.-listed Chinese concept stocks. Will giants like Baidu, Alibaba or Tencent be privatized? This week's focus will be on the mechanics of privatization, the reasons for privatization, the privatization process and considerations. We will look at case studies and other issues, such as how the crisis of confidence in China concept stocks will affect China concept stocks.


COVID-19 has exacerbated the debt problems faced by many large, cash-flow-constrained companies. To avoid bankruptcy, companies need to restructure their capital to increase their liquidity. This section will combine Mr. Chen's case study to explore how investment banks can help clients with recapitalization, key strategic and tactical solutions, and the impact of transactions.

Macro Analysis

In addition to understanding different trades and transaction types, learning macroeconomic analysis and keeping abreast of market trends is also very important to your investment banking career. In this section, Mr. Chen will share with you his views on the recent market uncertainty and difficulties, analyze how it will affect mergers and acquisitions and restructuring, and how Chinese investors can look for opportunities in the crisis. Gaining access to the analytical insights of investment banking leaders will accelerate your learning journey and enhance your market awareness.


Career Hackers Introduction

With the support from Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, Career Hackers is dedicated to helping students break in their dream career. We enhance students' knowledge and skills through officially licensed virtual externship programs.

It's often hard to find the first job without prior experience. The knowledge gained from college is often outdated or insufficient for real workplace. Our externship programs, partnered with top companies, offer you practical experience to gain the skills that actually matter and add color to your resume for future success.

5 Weeks Practical Experience
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What’s included ?
During the externship, you will be working as an investment banking trainee. Alongside with the structured trainings delivered by Mr. Chen, you will receive tasks through our workstream simulator from your manager and receive personalized feedback after you have submitted your work.
You will learn to create a professional M&A Deck throughout the externship, here's a brief outline of a proper M&A Deck:
  • Cover Page
  • Table of Content
  • Executive Summary
  • Business Overview + Reason for Sale + Share Price Movements
  • Selected Financial Highlights
  • Market Overview
  • Investment Highlights - I
  • Investment Highlights - II
  • Investment Highlights - III
  • Income Statement Projection
  • Football Field
  • Comparable Public Companies
  • Valuation Conclusion
  • Potential Acquirers List + Ranking
  • Profile for Top 2-3 Strategic Acquirers
You will receive structured trainings delivered by Mr. Chen Weimin on the following topics:
  • Week 1: The Nature of Investment Banking
  • Week 2: Cross-border M&A
  • Week 3: Privatization of China Concept Shares
  • Week 4: Restructuring
  • Week 5: Macro Analysis
For more details, please refer to the Program Curriculum
You can get exclusive access to a real M&A Deck of Houlian Lokey (Nowhere to be found on the Internet), here are some of the samples:
You can receive a certificate of completion signed by Mr. Chen Weimin after you completed the externship

Frequently Asked Questions

A) The Nature of the Plan

Traditional internships are often very poorly structured, requiring interns to do a lot of tedious work that doesn't result in a steep learning experience or add value to your resume.

Our Externships, on the other hand, are well-organized programs with concrete outcomes that give you the opportunity to brighten up your CV. Start your career with training provided by top industry practitioners (think of it as a masterclass for your career) and a steep learning path.

Our externship program offers no salary. The purpose of Externship is to give you a career head start.

We all know the paradox: you can't get into a top company without relevant experience, but you can't gain any experience without relevant experience.

So our Externship program is an investment in your career that will pay off many years down the line.

We have a very diverse student body from different countries.

This is the school our past participants came from:

  • Australia: University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney
  • UK: Cambridge University, London School of Economics, University College London, University of Exeter, University of Bath, University of Warwick
  • Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, City University of Hong Kong, Open University of Hong Kong, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
  • United States: Brown University, Columbia University, University of Southern California
  • Europe: University of Barcelona (ESADE)

Yes, you will receive a certificate at the end of the program proving your participation in the program.

B) Time commitment and timeline

The estimated time commitment for the Externship program is approximately 4-10 hours per week. Of course, this is totally adaptable to your schedule and needs. Our Externship program includes work experience as well as training courses. The more work you get done, the more you can put on your resume.

There is no fixed schedule, you can work at your own pace. It's completely adaptable to your needs and schedule. We expect you to spend at least 1 hour per week training and learning from our top instructors, while also setting aside a few hours to work on your assigned projects.

We understand that you may have other jobs or assignments. So if you're busy at school, you can ask to postpone or stop the task. That said, if you can spend 4 to 10 hours a week on the Externship program, your resume will be richer and you can develop a professional acumen that when you go to an interview or work in an actual workplace will come in handy.

C) Application

There are no prerequisites for our Externship program. We understand that different students have different backgrounds. Some are studying science, some are freshmen, some are looking for career transition, etc.

Therefore, we've built an Externship program that works for all students, so even if you're a complete beginner, you can get started and get started without any hassle.

The quota is limited, hurry up to register!