When businesses are looking to develop further, either through expansion, mergers or acquisitions of other firms, they will usually seek expert advice from teams that can support them through the process. If you work in corporate finance the chances are you’ll either be based in a large department within an investment bank, a large accountancy practice, legal firm or a large corporate firm. A big part of the job involves dealing with the transactional side, raising capital through issuing shares / bonds. Due diligence is a paramount part of the role. An organisation may need to raise money for various reasons, including addressing any debt that they have or develop and expand their business – but the fundraising side is just one aspect. You might be actively involved in structuring deals, negotiating terms, valuing a business, helping to prepare business plans or conducting due diligence analysis to discover how commercially sound a business proposal is. There’s also an element of compliance work. Adding value is crucial within this career. Employers will seek out commercially aware, intelligent and ambitious candidates with excellent social skills who can take initiative and enjoy solving problems.