Lara Rodriguez
Associate, Private Capital Solutions

Lara works in Panmure Gordon’s Private Capital Solutions team. Before that, she spent 8 ½ years at AKO Capital, a £10bn AUM hedge fund, doing research. Lara graduated from London Business School with a Master’s Degree in Finance in 2016.

How have your previous roles and education prepared you for this role?

I work in Panmure Gordon’s Private Capital Solutions team, which matches private companies with investors looking to place private capital.  We need to understand the businesses we are raising money for and, equally, how the investors we are approaching will view the opportunity. My Masters in Finance from the London Business School helped refine my analytical capabilities, and my previous role at a hedge fund helped me understand what the investors we speak to are looking for.

What are your impressions of Panmure Gordon’s culture?

During the interview process I asked the interviewers what they liked the most about Panmure Gordon and they said “the people”. Since I joined I’ve discovered this wasn’t just a textbook answer. Everyone has been very welcoming and I enjoy the environment: hardworking, professional and friendly.

There is a transparency and openness which I think is very important for any business, which I value. The Head of Investment Banking meets with our team and with junior colleagues on a regular basis and seeks feedback on how things are going. These meetings are a great way to discuss how our business is progressing and they create a safe environment for more junior employees to give suggestions.

I look forward to my future here!

What does a typical work day look like?

Every day is different and very much depends on the projects we are working on.

I generally get to the office at around 8am, I check my emails and reply to anything that needs immediate attention. I look at the workload and write a “To do” list for the day based on priorities. In addition to working on live projects, there are always ad-hoc requests that come through which often have a higher priority, so I need to allow some flexibility. If we are working with a new client, I take a close look at their business plan and financial model/projections, and ensure it all seems in order, and speak to the company if I have any questions. I will do some financial analysis (financial ratios, comparable companies) on their model to check the viability of a business.