Peter-Jan ter Maaten

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Executive Director Investment Banking Benelux

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Year attended the International Banking Cycle



As many Dutch bankers, my first experience with investment banking originates from the International Banking Cycle. The IBC proved to be a valuable insight into the differences between the participating banks. After Nomura’s workshop, I was offered the opportunity to interview, and landed an internship in the Benelux Investment Banking team based in Amsterdam.

From the moment I joined the team as an intern, I felt respected and truly valued as part of the team. Within a short period of time, I was assigned real responsibilities and experienced working in a close- knit team of professionals both in Amsterdam and London. I experienced how, beyond numerical analysis, a job in corporate finance can give you a strong business understanding in general.

During the IBC and my internship, I was warmly encouraged by Nomura’s open and friendly atmosphere. This culture, coupled with a steep learning curve made sure that I enjoyed every single day at the office. Furthermore, Nomura’s unique position as a leading bank in Asia, combined with its strong presence in Europe and the US provides interesting and unique opportunities.

Looking back on my experience in investment banking (10 years in the meantime), I am truly grateful
for the opportunity the IBC of 2011 provided. The event proved to be the starting point of a learning curve unrivalled in other career paths, with broad exposure across different regions, sectors and transactions. While I started my career with Nomura in Amsterdam, I worked for over 5 years in our New York office. I attended Nomura organised training programmes in both London and Tokyo. I successfully executed transactions in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. But above all, I get the opportunity to work with brilliant people day-in, day-out.

Are you interested in corporate finance as well, and keen to explore the world of investment banking?
Here is some advice to make the most of the International Banking Cycle:

  1. Prepare for interviews in advance, in case you might get invited to interview shortly thereafter
  2. Seize the opportunity to connect on a one-on-one basis with the representatives of various banks, as attending different workshops is the most effective way to find out how the different banks distinguish themselves from each other
  3. And last but not least, do enjoy the event once you are invited!

Hope to see you at the Nomura workshop,

Peter-Jan ter Maaten
Executive Director
Investment Banking Benelux