EBS Intern Views - Interview with Martin Stöckel
Why did you choose this company?
UniCredit is a leading, pan-European bank based in Milan with particular strength in the Debt Capital Markets field. Here I was given the opportunity to get involved precisely in this area of investment banking. The bank offers me a very international and communicative working environment which is of great importance to my own personal learning curve. This makes UniCredit the right place for me to get to know the industry in more detail and to find my professional vocation.
Could you describe your scope of activity to us?
As a member of the team Structured Syndicate, I work on customised project finance solutions for the sectors infrastructure, energy and real estate across Europe. Clients with individual projects, such as wind farms or motorways, approach us for financing by means of special purpose vehicles, covenants, regulated cash flows, hedging, and other structuring instruments, customised to their individual needs and with an optimal risk profile. The term syndicate means that to optimise risk, we also involve other banks and institutional investors as external debt capital providers. My task is to support the team in pitching activities, in researching and analysing companies and markets, in financial modelling and internal and external reporting.
The network you build is at least as important as the industry know-how and the technical skills you learn during your internship. In discussions with colleagues and other interns, I have gained insight into long-term work in the industry and the activities of the other departments. It is important to be open-minded and self-confident when dealing with other people. In this way, you quickly become part of the community and make contacts for life.