Deepak Parekh

Senior Director, Shawbrook Bank

Deepak Parekh is a Professional Ambassador for our MSc Banking and Finance course.

Why do you endorse the course?

The Banking and Finance provides an excellent foundation for a career in the finance sector.  The insights that are available from the wide variety of modules enable course students to gain a very good understanding of both theory and practice with an opportunity for application in the real world. 

What is your background?

I am an experienced finance professional with a unique blend of both Banking and M&A advisory experience built up over 25 years having worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and RBS.  Strong business acumen having worked with entrepreneurs and professionals in a variety of industry sectors.  Having had experience working in London, Asia and America, I have spent the last 15 years working in Birmingham – a city I am immensely proud of (and also happens to be where I was born!).  I am a graduate of the London School of Economics and qualified Chartered Accountant.

What is your specialism?

Having worked in corporate finance lead advisory for a number of years I now specialise in lending to private equity backed businesses for the purposing of funding and supporting delivery of business growth plans through both acquisition and organic growth.  Significant deal experience gained from a wide range of transactions including management buy-outs, disposals, fund raising and private equity transactions.  

What are your employability tips?

Bring your whole self to work, endorse diversity and always go the extra mile in everything you do – leave no stone unturned in your approach to work (and life in general!).  Adaptability and agility are both key in a world where change in the norm. Always embrace technology where applicable to ensure efficient and smart ways of working.