Our People: Alan
Associate Director – Infrastructure & Real estate, Deal Advisory
Alan did his degree in Accounting at the University of Calgary, and joined EY in Canada where he qualified in Audit and moved into Deal Advisory. However, he wanted a change and decided to change both country and firm when he joined the Deal Advisory team in our London office.
“Back in Canada, KPMG has a really good reputation. Not just in the work that they do, but that the culture has a real social aspect and people get along. When I decided I wanted to work abroad, I hoped that KPMG’s reputation was something that translated across its global network and would apply here in London too – it does.
“You can develop your niche, or just as easily transition to another department.”
In Deal Advisory, you are constantly learning something new and expanding your internal and external network from each deal. KPMG encourages us to connect with our industry and external peers to understand what they are doing and how they view the market.
It’s the client work that is one of the biggest draws for me. Some of the most globally respected investment houses come to us for advice. Obviously, you feel proud of that – to be trusted to advise companies of that calibre.
There is no typical ‘day in the life’ of somebody in Deal Advisory. Your day might be a bit slow, and suddenly there is a gear shift. Since transactions can happen so quickly for our clients we need to be ready at all times. It’s a really exciting area to work in.