Ferdinand PETRA

Professionnal Experience

Since 2014 : HEC – Grande Ecole, Jouy-en-Josas

Affiliate professor of Finance (4 years) / Executive Director of the Master in International Finance (2015-2016)

  • Conducted selection process for Master in Finance (1 year)
  • Teaches Corporate Finance, M&A, LBO and Excel modelling for Grande Ecole, MBA and Executive Education students
  • Teaches the valuation/M&A/LBO calss to Master in International Finance students
  • Coach all HEC students (undergraduate and post-graduate) who are willing to start their career in Finance: job / internship interview process (CV, cover letter review, mock interviews), interview questions database, conferences on Finance careers

Since 2013 : JAKIN FP – Financial Training & Coaching firm, Paris

Founder, trainer, and coach (5 years)

  • Conducts financial trainings for Banks and Finance department of large corporates
    • Key clients include Leonardo & Co (now Natixis Partners), French Sovereign Wealth Fund BPI, SNCF Logistics
  • Trained more than 70 Grande Ecole’s students to prepare them for Investment Banking interviews (soft and technical skills)
  • Lectured CFA level I and II modules for a French financial training firm

2012 – 2014French Business and Engineering Grandes Ecoles

Corporate Finance lecturer (2 years)

  • Main schools: HEC, ESSEC, EDHEC, ENPC, Ecole des Mines de Paris…
  • Topics lectured (English and French): Corporate Finance, M&A, Valuation, LBO (modules between 15 and 30 hours)

2006 – 2011 : BARCLAYS CAPITAL, Paris

Global Relationship Manager – French corporates – Senior Vice President (5 years)

  • “Senior” Banker for several SBF120 clients: Atos Origin, Havas, Neopost, Rémy Cointreau…
  • “Junior” Banker for several CAC 40 companies: Pernod, Danone, LVMH…
    • Built and deepened relationship with clients:  CFO, M&A team and treasurer
    • Led and coordinated work of product teams to solve client problematics:
      • M&A strategy (Sector knowledge, M&A tactics) – since 2009
      • Acquisition financing (bridge loan & debt/equity refinancing)
      • Equity Capital Market solutions, FX, interest rate and commodities hedging
  • Co-managed and trained pool of 3 associates & 2 analysts (including recruitment)

2002 – 2006 : J.P.MORGAN, London/Paris

 M&A Associate – Consumer team in London then Paris Execution team (2+2 years)

  • Execution: participated in the execution of several deals across various jurisdictions:
    • Sell-side M&A: valuation, sale documentation, sale process and auction management, sale & purchase agreement negotiation, contacts with potential buyers
    • Buy-side M&A: valuation and transaction impact analysis, structuring, process coordination
  • Marketing: took part in intense origination effort for numerous French and European clients in a wide range of industries (mainly consumer, healthcare, retail)
  • Management: managed and trained junior bankers, led JPMorgan recruiting efforts in France


2017 – 2018: Institut Repère (Paris) – Certified Professional Coach RNCP (Master degree): Master to be delivered in Sept-18 (48 days courses – NLP, Communication Process and  Systemic coaching) / NLP training done at  IFPNL

2000 – 2001: HEC – MBA program, Major: Finance (Dean’s list: top 10% best students) – 4-mth exchange program at Columbia Business School MBA, New York, USA

1995 – 2000: HEI Engineering School (Hautes Etudes Industrielles, Lille, FRANCE) – Ranked 1st/200

1999-2000: DEA in Organic Chemistry (Lille, FRANCE) – Ranked 1st/40, First Class Honors

1998-1999: Bachelor of Science (Juniata College, USA – Dean’s list – top 10%)