Dear readers,

I hope you are well and enjoying your respective summers (or winters).

I wanted to take the opportunity to give you a little update and explain why there have been so few posts published on the blog of late.

Firstly, I’m in the middle of editing my first novel. I’ve had lots of beta reader feedback and that has led me to make additional changes to the book. For the better, of course. Once I finish making this present round of edits, I’ll shoot it off to a professional editor and soon after it should be ready for your indulgence. Having to do this while juggling work and a personal life meant it’s taken longer to finish than I originally planned. That’s life, I suppose. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the end result.

Secondly, I’ve written an eBook, which will be released in the coming weeks. In short, it’s a guide to breaking into investment banking. It will help people optimise their mindset to achieve success and stand out from the competition. Some of the tactics will help readers far beyond getting into the business and becoming investment bankers. Get it on Amazon.

Thirdly, I’m in the middle of a live deal with a Swiss entrepreneur and a Russian bank…has not been an easy one.

With that being said, happy Friday the 13th!

My kindest regards,

The ibanker


Dear readers,

First of all, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read my posts and engaging with me. I’ve met some fantastic people since launching the blog. I’ve also received lots of funny, quirky and unusual e-mails from many of you. It’s been interesting! I look forward to meeting many more of you in the near future.

The communication exchange has greatly helped guide the makeup of my posts.

Secondly, I wanted to update you on the direction the blog is going to take starting very soon. I will be adding, in addition to posts similar to the ones which have already been published, a new type of post which will focus on strategies, hacks and tips relating to business and personal life.  I believe they may be of use to you. You don’t have to be an investment banker to benefit and gain from that advice or draw useful conclusions from it. Even a blogger or entrepreneur could benefit from this new type of post. [READ MORE…]



If you can keep optimistic when all about you
Are fearing an economic meltdown and blaming it on you
If you can be convinced in your ability to deliver a deal when others call it into question
Yet allow for them to fully express their lack of faith
If you can persevere and avoid losing the drive to earn bigger fees
Or, offered very little, subtly take whatever money is on the table
Or being envied not to give way to envy except coveting greater success
And never dress down, nor talk too modestly

If you can crave – and not make your cravings your master
If you analyse – and not make your analysis your aim
If you can meet with Fortune and Happiness
And treat those two relatives as the same
If you can bear to have presentations you’ve created
Criticized by competitors to put you in a bad light
Or watch your clever financial models thrown out
And build up the courage to create them again from scratch



(Photo: en route to Monaco with a CIS mining tycoon)

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to theibanker.com.

So what’s this site all about, you ask?  In short, it’s about finance.  The sort that’s both glamorised and demonised in the media, coveted by eager young minds in selective campuses across the globe, subject to intense competition amongst careerists and discussed over a glass of Chateau Margaux in a private jet en route to Luxembourg. High flying finance.

This site will provide you with juicy insight on the world of finance, the crazed pursuit of money and the illogical way it’s spent and all the silly things that go on inside investment banks, hedge funds, private banks and other financial institutions where money is ultimately made with money.

Importantly, you’ll also be offered unconventional lessons on dealmaking and demonstrations on how an ‘ibanker’ mindset can help make you more successful.

Whether you’re an aspiring or existing investment banker, dealmaker or entrepreneur, this blog will provide you with interesting food for thought.

Note, some of the posts touch on stories from the past (glory days at a major investment bank “Paris Berkeley Capital”) while others recount more recent stories of The ibanker’s adventures.

With kindest regards,

The ibanker
(About The ibanker)