Andrew Simon – Class of 2013

My career has certainly been an interesting one since graduating from college. I became an attorney, practiced law at Skadden, worked in a beverage company, and then attended MISI before ultimately becoming a strategy consultant in the M&A space.

Today, I am a Manager in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services practice after spending nearly two years with Accenture in their Global Strategy – M&A group. In this capacity, I advise companies on a variety of pre-closing and post-closing issues with respect to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, alliances, and joint ventures. Some of my work includes conducting operational due diligence, creating merger integration plans, outlining a growth strategy, and validating planned strategies against actual data while managing teams of client and EY resources to complete these efforts in a timely way with maximum value added. All of this leverages the skills I learned both at MISI and as an attorney.

I continually find my MISI education to be valuable to my work, especially the quantitative modeling skills the program helped me develop and the cross-border teamwork the course required. Further, I am still in touch with some of my faculty, a few of which have even provided some guidance on how to approach different professional challenges. And, of course, there are my classmates. I speak to several regularly and they too have helped me make choices in my life and career – I’ve even managed to see a few in-person since graduating. All in all, I must say that MISI was and continues to be a very important part of my life and, from time to time, I find myself missing the campus in Shah Alam (even the Dato’s food!).