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Edge - Deals Graduates

Get to know our current Edge - Deals Graduates:

Elise (Nga) Nguyen
Elise (Nga) Nguyen

Education:
MSc. Finance, Aalto University, 2018

Previous work experience:
PwC Vietnam; Aalto Finance faculty

Joined PwC EDGE:
Fall 2018

Elise’s work highlights during EDGE

PwC's Deals Strategy (11 month)

  • Business due diligence to a Finnish PE firm for their investment in a financial administration services company
  • Market screening, market study for IT services clients

PwC's Delivering Deal Value (6 months)

  • Vendor assistance and advisory of in a carve-out of a division in an industrial innovation provider company

PwC's Transaction Services (6 months)

  • Financial due diligence and vendor assistance on three companies (steel tubular, IT consulting and network infrastructure)
  • Financial due diligence for a proposed real estate asset deal

PwC Corporate Finance (3 months)

  • Valuation of companies in IT and industrial sectors
  • Financial model review for a joint-venture project

International trips:

  • Edge kick-off in Madrid
  • Financial Diligence Orientation in Gothenburg Jan 19’
  • Hypothesis Driven Problem Solving & Storyboarding in Prague Sep 19’

 

“EDGE is a unique program to launch your career in an international Deals environment with countless opportunities to develop relationships across global PwC Network. I was particularly inspired by our international kick-off week in Madrid, where all Edge participants across EMEA gather, connect and develop an unparalleled, professional community of belonging and growth.”

Marcel Vogt
Marcel Vogt

Education:
MSc. Finance (Hanken School of Economics)

Previous work experience:
MCF Corporate Finance, KPMG-Restructuring, Valeo Terminal Bus

Joined EDGE: Fall 2019

 

Marcel's work highlights during EDGE

Marcel joined the team full time in September 2019

PwC's Deals Strategy (12 months):

  • Commercial Vendor Due Diligence for a Nordic PE client
  • Commercial Vendor Due Diligence for a software automation company
  • Customer base assessment for the Merger of two software companies
  • Market assessment and support for the creation of the Equity story for a leading energy software company

PwC Transaction Services (2 months)

  • Independent Business Review of a company active in the building services segment

International trips

  • Edge kick-off in Madrid

“The EDGE programme is most likely the best and most comprehensive graduate programme in the world. Thanks to the different rotations, you will get a 360-degree view on the world of deals, which prepares you perfectly for your future deals career.”

Iiro Heinonen
Iiro Heinonen

Education:
MSc. Finance (Aalto University)

Previous work experience:
BearingPoint, Capful, Investment Research Finland

Joined EDGE: Fall 2019

Iiro’s work highlights during his time at PwC

Iiro joined the team full time in April 2019

PwC's Deals Strategy (4/2019-7/2020):

  • Commercial DD on two leading real estate maintenance providers for a Nordic PE
  • Commercial DD on a rental equipment company for a strategic buyer
  • Pre-deal synergy assessment and organisational design related to a contemplated merger of two +100M€ revenue companies
  • Focused commercial DD on a circular economy company
  • Pre-process commercial DD on a day-care provider for a Nordic PE
  • Other smaller projects for real estate and financial services clients

International trips

  • Edge kick-off in Madrid
  • Commercial DD project in Amsterdam as a joint effort of PwC Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and Germany

 

“EDGE gives you the opportunity to experience deals from different perspectives and to leverage your skills in a new setting.”

Mikael Sandberg
Mikael Sandberg

Education:
MSc. International Business (Turku School of Economics)

Previous work experience: 
Lowell, Nordea

Joined PwC EDGE: Summer 2019

Mikael’s work highlights during EDGE

PwC's Transaction services (5 months)

  • Financial due diligence for a technical wholesaler
  • Business restructuring project for a Finnish retail company

PwC's DDV (8 months):

  • Confidential business plan support project
  • Sell-side operational carve-out project advising an international electronics and software business company
  • Sell-side operational carve-out project advising an international fitness equipment company
  • Commercial vendor due diligence report and business plan support for a Finnish infrastructure construction company

International trips:

  • Edge kick-off in Madrid
  • M&A integration course in Prague

“PwC Edge is the perfect program for me, the rotations create a constantly changing work environment which ensures great diversity in the workplace and a unique opportunity to become a comprehensive M&A professional. On top of that, the office is filled with great people to work with!”

Jenny Laurila
Jenny Laurila

Education:
MSc. Accounting (Hanken School of Economics)

Previous work experience:
PwC's Transaction Services, Roschier, Aktia Fund Management Company, Aktia Bank

Joined PwC EDGE: Fall 2019, joined PwC in May 2018

Jenny’s work highlights during her PwC career

PwC Transaction services (2+ years)

  • Financial advising to an UK based PE client for their investment in a software company
  • Financial due diligence on a consumer products company
  • Financial due diligence on a start-up company within the food industry
  • Vendor due diligence to a multinational industrial company for their divestment of a business unit

PwC Delivering deal value

  • Independent Business review of a renovation company for a lender

International trips:

  • EDGE kick-off in Madrid
  • Financial due diligence training in Gothenburg

”The best part of working with M&A is that you’ll learn a lot about various industries as well as current global trends.”

Riina Kaukua
Riina Kaukua

Education:
MSc. Finance, Oulu Business School, 2019

BSc. Business Administration and Management, 2017

Previous work experience:
Nordea Markets, Health City Finland

Joined PwC EDGE: Fall 2019

Riina’s work highlights during EDGE

Riina joined the team full time in September 2019

PwC's Transaction Services FDD (12 months)

  • Several vendor due diligence and vendor assistance projects on f.ex. infrastructure and healthcare sector
  • Several financial due diligence projects on f.ex. healthcare technology, pulp and paper and environmental services sectors

PwC Corporate Finance (3 months), selected examples

  • Financial advising for a retail company
  • Valuation projects on healthcare and financial services companies
  • Operative and financial modelling project for an ICT company

International trips:

  • Edge kick-off in Madrid

 

“EDGE programme provides the best means of challenging yourself, becoming a Deals professional with a broad understanding of different aspects of deals and meeting amazing people.”

Petriina Jokinen
Petriina Jokinen

Education:
MSc. Accounting (Aalto University)

Previous work experience:
Deloitte, Swedbank, PwC

Joined PwC EDGE: Fall 2019

Petriina’s work highlights during EDGE

PwC's Corporate Finance (12 months)

  • Sell-side financial M&A projects
  • Valuation and model review projects
  • Finance strategy development and support in competitive tendering

Financial Due Diligence (3 months)

  • Buy-side FDD for a PE client
  • Healthcare company buy-side FDD
  • Sell-side vendor assistance for an energy infrastructure company

International trips:

  • Edge kick-off in Madrid
  • Deals cycle training in Copenhagen

 

“EDGE provides a great opportunity of understanding the deals business from different perspectives in addition to getting to meet lots of new people.”

Anita Morozova
Anita Morozova

Education:
MSc. Accounting (Hanken School of Economics)

Previous work experience:
EY (Tax and Assurance), PwC (Tax), Navigator Partners

Joined PwC EDGE: Fall 2020

Anita’s work highlights during EDGE

Anita joined PwC full time in May 2020

PwC Financial Due Diligence (5 months)

  • ‘Top-up’ financial due diligence projects for companies in two different industries
  • Financial due diligence projects for e.g. a social services company and a research organization
  • Assisting with proposal work
International trips
  • EDGE EMEA Virtual International Deals Foundation Event 2020; EDGE kick-off in Madrid postponed to Fall 2021

“EDGE is a one-of-a-kind graduate programme wherein participants are able to challenge themselves and acquire in-depth skills to address various stages of deals processes.”

Benjamin Johansson
Benjamin Johansson

Education:
MSc. Accounting (Aalto University)
CEMS MIM (Aalto University & HKUST Business School)

Previous work experience:
Procter & Gamble, CBRE Capital Markets, OP

Joined PwC EDGE: Fall 2020

Benjamin’s work highlights during EDGE

Benjamin joined the team full time in May 2020

PwC Deals Strategy (6 months)

  • Growth strategy support for a Finnish construction company
  • Market assessment of Finnish infrastructure, ICT, industrial and building sectors for a global company
  • Market assessment of Finnish modular building construction market for a global company
  • Ongoing strategy development for an energy sector company
International trips:
  • Virtual Edge kick-off – actual event organised in Madrid postponed until 2021 due to Covid-19

“Edge offers a unique opportunity to experience the deal process from every angle enabling you to build a robust set of both technical and soft skills.”

Jonathan Benizri
Jonathan Benizri

Education:
MSc. Finance (Aalto University)

Previous work experience:
PwC (Transaction Services), Rightware (Finance & Accounting)

Joined PwC EDGE: Fall 2020

Jonathan’s work highlights during EDGE

PwC Accounting Consulting Services (2 months)

  • Accounting advisory in an ongoing large-cap M&A project
  • Producing illustrative combined financials and pro forma calculations of the combining company in an ongoing M&A project
  • Advising clients in the preparation of signing release's and prospectus’ financial sections
  • Preparation of PwC Nordic IPO Watch – Quarterly IPO report
International trips:
  • Edge international virtual kick-off (actual event in Madrid postponed until 2021 due to Covid-19)
 

 

“EDGE provides a one of a kind opportunity to develop a comprehensive and multifaceted understanding of mergers and acquisitions.”

Valtteri Laakso
Valtteri Laakso

Education:
MSc. Accounting & Finance (Turku School of Economics)

Previous work experience:
EY, Nordea

Joined PwC EDGE: Fall 2020

Valtteri’s work highlights during EDGE

PwC Corporate Finance (Ongoing)

  • Marketing material preparation for several industries
  • Financial strategy creation for a Finnish real estate company
  • Management discussion material preparation for FPP industry
  • Market research and analysis for several industries
  • Green financing analysis and material preparation
International:
  • Edge kick-off online
  • Online Edge modules
 

“PwC Edge program enables you to have a widespread outlook on the comprehensive M&A process. You will gain great understanding on the structure of the deals environment on multiple industries accompanied with highly skilled professionals”

Werner Forsblom
Werner Forsblom

Education:
MSc. Finance (Hanken School of Economics)

Previous work experience:
SEB (Corporate Finance) 

Joined PwC EDGE: Fall 2020

Werner’s work highlights during EDGE

Werner joined the team full time in September 2020

PwC Delivering Deal Value (2 months)

  • Various proposals and pitches
  • Preparation of Value Creation in Deals material
International trips:
  • Virtual EDGE kick-off (actual event in Madrid postponed until 2021 due to Covid-19)

“The EDGE programme provides an opportunity to gain a comprehensive end-to-end understanding of M&A processes in an international setting.”

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