[MUSIC PLAYING] It’s very nice to be here again and lovely to be associated in a small way with a course that seems to be growing, and successful, and obviously popular. The city speaker series is a valuable addition to the MFIN degree, providing practical financial expertise and regular networking opportunities with financial professionals.
I’m really delighted to be here this evening. This is my first visit to Cambridge. And so as a result, I’m also in awe of this historic location.
So a pleasure to be here today. What I’m going to talk to you this evening about is what’s been happening in the world of credit ratings since 2008.
I’ll give you a little bit of background on me, how I got to where I am. And what we do, what my job was at Goldman, what the fund does?
I’ve got a set of slides to go through which really talk about the firm I work for which is Apax. It’s a large global private equity firm and then to go through the bit of the firm that I run, which is The Media Team.
We invite speakers who are experts in their fields and who work at the cutting edge of applied finance.
The city speaker events, the finance practitioners come up here once a week, and they’re talking to you. And so not only do you know what’s going on in the market, but you also know what are the new techniques being implemented in finance. And that’s also very interesting.
We have practitioners coming in and teaching us like CFOs of bulge bracket banks or founders of huge hedge fund companies. And these guys are giving us their experiences, and they’re sharing their experiences with us, which you cannot find in a textbook. And this is why I’m here. And that is what I really like about the course.
Speaker dinners have been other wonderful chance to meet with a wide range of industrial professionals from all of those fields of the finance. And so we were able to get their advices and recommendations for job applications as well as our career developments.
The city speaker events is great. And we also get to go to dinner with them afterwards. And on top of it all, you’re in Cambridge. You are a part of 800 years of living history, and the city is great. And you know I think it is fantastic.