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Interview with Auzair Ali HEA's Analyst

Interview with Auzair Ali HEA's Analyst
Interview with Auzair Ali HEA's Analyst

What attracted you to working with Holt Energy Advisors?

I was attracted to Holt Energy Advisors by the services they provided to their clients. I was very much interested in developing my understanding of economic and financial modelling as well as having a chance to work on M&A transactions. My background consists of a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Portsmouth and a MSc in Finance from Queen Mary, University of London. Most of the modules I studied at university were related to valuations, building DCF models and theoretical concepts relating to corporate finance and M&A. Working at HEA has given me a chance to work in the energy industry group and become specialised in it.

What will be your main role within the team?

• Producing economic models including DCF models to value assets
• Providing support and assistance on M&A deals and hydrocarbon sales mandates
• Researching and producing reports on company profiles
• Supporting on business development including marketing
• Creating presentations on assets and companies
• Compiling data for weekly commodity report for the team

What skills and expertise do you bring to the role?

I possess strong analytical skills which I had developed from various projects at university. This has included producing DCF models to analyse a hypothetical M&A deal. I had also produced an equity report as part of the student investment fund at university. It had involved doing carrying out different type of valuations including DCF model and comparable analysis. I have significant experience in analysing complex data and producing reports. I have developed strong understanding of the energy sector through a lot of external reading.

How do you see the energy sector evolving as a new recruit into the industry?

I feel that going into the next ten years with the world pushing towards net zero emissions there will be an increase in M&A activity in the renewable and sustainability space. At the same time there is expected to be an increase in divestments in oil and gas. The trend towards net zero will initially be more prevalent in developed economies as they started the transition to renewables a lot earlier than most of the emerging market economies. At the moment, a lot of the emerging markets rely more heavily on fossil fuel to meet the demands of their population. Electricity generation from renewable sources is also likely to increase and there will be a sufficient growth in the number of electric cars on the road as well.

What is a typical day like working for Holt Energy Advisors?

The morning begins with reading news on the energy sector. Then it is followed by a meeting with senior management on work that needs to be completed for the day. Throughout the day, most of the time is spent trying to complete allocated tasks, prioritising urgent ones. Tasks can vary from building economic models to researching potential buyers on the M&A side. Before the end of the day there is usually another meeting to discuss what tasks have been completed and how bigger tasks are progressing.

What do you enjoy most about your current role?

I enjoy working closing with senior management and understanding more about the energy sector. I have gained a good understanding of M&A deals in the energy sector as well as how to build DCF models to value assets.

What do you like doing outside of work?

I enjoy playing cricket and football. I also enjoying watching Netflix