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Laura McCoy who has made that move back to Ireland
"I had great exposure doing deals in the London Corporate Finance Market which is one of the most active in the world. The fun bit is now bringing that experience back to Ireland which has a newly developing appetite for private equity, and adapting my international experience for my new role in M&A Advisory"
- Laura Mc Coy, Director in Corporate Finance
Where are you from?
When did you decide to leave Ireland?
I left Ireland in early 2011.
Where did you emigrate to and for how long were you gone?
I moved to London and lived there for over six years.
What made you decide to come back?
The stars aligned! I was attracted back to Ireland by the quality of life here, Dublin has more space than London and yet is a compact sized city with every amenity you need, the recovery of the Irish market for transactions and an exciting job opportunity came along and of course the draw of being back close to family played a large part.
How did your current role come about?
Through the Deloitte alumni network! I remained in contact with the Corporate Finance team in Dublin, which is where I trained, throughout my time in London. I also kept in touch with former colleagues such as Anya Cummins who now heads M&A in Ireland, throughout her time in London. As the focus turned to building the Dublin team I began to have conversations with Deloitte about the opportunity to move home, and how my experience in private equity in London might be of benefit to my new role in M&A Advisory.
What work do you do?
My work involves advising businesses, individual shareholders and funds on Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) options incorporating mergers, acquisitions, disposals and equity capital raising. I have a special focus on the private equity market.
What do you like most about your job?
Most definitely the variety, the immediacy of it and the team around me. No day is the same, no decision is the same, you are always kept on your toes and seeking to increased value to your clients and make an impact. It’s great fun to be part of such a dynamic and driven team – that gives me a buzz.
How did Deloitte make it easier for you to move back?
Deloitte very much facilitated the process by conducting all discussions about the move in London or by phone whilst I was still living and working in London.
How did your time working abroad make you better suited for your job?
Yes, most definitely. The London market is one of the most active in the world in terms of volume and scale of transactions, and alongside the US is the most mature in terms of private equity. I had greater exposure to doing deals and being at the coalface than I could have experienced anywhere else and therefore my learning was accelerated. The fun bit is now bringing that experience back to Ireland which has a newly developing appetite for private equity, and adapting my experience to suit an Irish context.
What is the best thing about being back in Ireland?
It’s home! I feel as though I am seeing Ireland through a new set of eyes and really appreciating everything – from how easy it is to get to the seaside, up the mountains for a cycle, see family and friends at the weekend and checking out all the new cafes and restaurants. The market is so busy as well, it is very energising to be home.
What do you enjoy about working in Deloitte?
Deloitte has a very supportive culture, really values its people which is something I’ve always felt and is one of the reasons I re-joined. The chance to join a growing team within Deloitte was an attraction and the calibre of the people I knew working there. There’s always a drive to achieve high performance, to do better and to do it in a friendly way at Deloitte which is something I enjoy. There’s a real link between the international network and something for everyone – be it sports and social events, book clubs or volunteering.