Corporate Development Associate

Posted 13 February 2023

Corporate Development Associate at Sagard

Investments Full-time Montreal

Experience: Mid-Level
Education Required: University degree in business administration/commerce, finance or accounting
Salary Range: Not Specified

Close date: 13 April 2023

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Sagard Holdings (“Sagard”) is a multi-strategy alternative asset manager with professionals located in Canada (Montreal, Toronto), the US, Europe and Asia. Since 2016, Sagard has grown exponentially. Assets under management have expanded from US$500M to over US$14B and Sagard’s team of diverse professionals has grown from 50 to over 275 team members in just 5 years.

Sagard invests across five asset classes: private equity (Sagard Private Equity Canada, Sagard Europe, NewGen), credit (Sagard Credit Partners), healthcare royalties (Sagard Healthcare Partners), real estate (EverWest) and venture capital (Portage Ventures). Sagard was founded by Power Corporation of Canada as a complement to its global investment holdings and serves as one of its key strategic priorities with strong, long-term growth objectives.

Sagard’s entrepreneurial DNA is palpable across our entire team and is a platform built by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. Sagard looks to generate attractive returns by matching investment opportunities with flexible capital solutions and pairing entrepreneurs with teams that have deep industry knowledge. Sagard develops long-term partnerships and empowers the growth of its investments through a unique global network of portfolio companies, limited partners, advisors and other valued relationships.

Sagard is a UN PRI signatory and strives to measure and assess the social and economic impact it has on the people and businesses within our network, as well as on our society as a whole.

Position Description

The Corporate Development Associate will assist in the implementation of the corporate strategy and support development opportunities to grow Sagard’s business and reach. The candidate will have the opportunity to play a leading role in all phases of past and current development transactions including, screening and preliminary analysis of targets, structuring and valuation, due diligence, term sheet and definitive agreement negotiations, deal closing and integration planning. The candidate will have an active role in accompanying the team in the integration of investments and the implementation of strategic initiatives for the company.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the corporate development team in considering strategic options related to the development and growth of Sagard's platform

  • Provide expertise to identify deal prospects & targets, maintain a pipeline of strategic investment targets and manage multiple deals at a time;

  • Participate in aspects of deal processes and support the Corporate Development team through all stages of strategic transactions, including; identification of targets, analysis and valuation, due and post- investment planning;

  • Develop relationships and negotiate with external stakeholders, including target companies, investment bankers and M&A advisors;

  • Work closely with the legal team to document transaction agreements;

  • Review and maintain financial modeling for strategic alignment;

  • Financial modelling and analytical support for a variety of corporate development projects

  • Supporting the monitoring of investments in the Portage portfolio

  • Supporting the Value Creation Team and portfolio companies as-needed on special projects, specifically for M&A and business development-related activities

Required Skill / Experience

  • CPA, CFA, MBA or an asset

  • Five (5+) years of practical experience in mergers and acquisitions, FP&A or corporate development

  • Strong knowledge of Excel, financial analysis and dynamic modeling techniques;

  • Mastery of research and analysis techniques

  • Bilingualism essential: spoken and written (English - French)

  • Preferred experience in the financial services sector ideally in the alternative asset manager sector

  • Organized and strong attention to detail

  • Creative thinker with excellent problem-solving abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills;

  • Autonomous and of impeccable integrity

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