New York, Week 6 – Learning a lot
I am now working on the audit of a hedge fund which is challenging but I am learning a lot. The next week is sure to be a busy one with the fast approaching broker dealer deadline. The two jobs I’ve been working on to date will be finalised by the end of this week.
Last weekend Josh, one of the secondees from South Africa, and I made the most of the nice weather and walked to Central Park where we sat “people watching” from my favourite spot in New York.US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 6 – Number crunching
For the past few weeks I have been working on a client’s site and I have been working closely with my manager and the client’s CFO to complete an audit on a Broker Dealership. Broker Dealers, as they are known, have many regulatory responsibilities to the SEC, FINRA and SIPC to name but a few. I have enjoyed this aspect of the audit as there is often a lot of number crunching and reconciliations to do.
Without a doubt one of the highlights of my trip to NYC so far was visiting the American Museum of Natural History. It was fascinating to see the evolution of mankind, the history of the Big Bang and many other attractions the museum has to offer but my favourite part of the museum was the dinosaur fossils. One of my fellow secondees, Josh from South Africa, and I are standing next to the most famous of all dinosaurs, the Tyrannosaurus Rex!US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 6 – Chinese New Year
It’s been a very busy week having to prepare 58 Partnership extensions for a large fund. The fund has many different combinations of states and cities so I had to devise a control sheet that helped me track progress. The office celebrated Chinese New Year by partaking in the Chinese tradition of handing out red envelopes, which is something I haven’t experienced before. The color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits.
This week my fiancé flew over to visit me. We went exploring around the city visiting all the main sites and attractions including Wall Street (and the bull), Brooklyn Bridge, Queens, Chinatown and SoHo. We also went shopping to Century 21 for some designer bargains!US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 5 – Getting busier
As promised things are starting to get a lot busier in the office. This week
I’ve had a range of jobs which included preparing e-filing extensions, completing Fin 48 analyses and filing IT 204 LLs. While the work is demanding, the team here are all very approachable and everyone is more than happy to help!
My family were over to visit so I really enjoyed playing the New York tourist in the evenings. I also got to enjoy my first broadway show “Aladdin”! The highlight of the week had to be the Superbowl party in 230 Fifth which all the secondees attended!US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 5 – Time is flying
It’s hard to believe we are already a month here! Work is busy so the time is beginning to go by quickly. I’ve been assigned to another client, a hedge fund, so I am looking forward to the variety of work.
As work is so busy, we try to make the most of our spare time. In the past two weeks I’ve managed to squeeze in Brooklyn bridge, the American Museum of Natural History and I went for a walk along the Highline to watch the sunset. Not forgetting that we take time to catch up every Sunday on our weekly brunches!US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 5 – Working to deadlines
I’m still working on my two Broker Dealer clients trying working towards a deadline of February 29th which means that I am constantly busy. The two managers I am working with are both very helpful and I am really enjoying working with them.
Sunday was a sports filled day. The other Irish secondees and I woke early to watch Ireland play in the six nations rugby game and then we went to a Super Bowl party with all of the other secondees. The bar we bought tickets for had great views of the city and an excellent atmosphere to watch the game in.US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 4 – Came out of hiding
After the record-breaking winter storm Jonas (also dubbed Snowmageddon!) that struck NYC last weekend, we had to come out of hiding and venture to work on Monday morning. The nine blocks to work is usually a nice ten minute walk, however, snow and ice packed high on the sidewalks forced us to get out the snow boots! During this week, I completed a FIN 48 analysis for a fund where I had to analyse the dividends, capital gains and interest income of the fund for any tax liabilities.
This week, some of our Irish tax colleagues were in NYC on a business development trip. We all met up for lunch with the Tax Partner, Chris Loiacono, and a few others from the financial services team in the lovely Davio’s Steakhouse. We also attended the Audit Friday evening drinks where we met up with all our fellow secondees after another week’s work in NYC.US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 4 – Audit work
I’ve been working on the audit of a second broker dealer. I’ve been working hard to get both audits done as efficiently as possible due to the tight filing deadline of February 29th.
I took in a lot of sport this weekend. Sinead Cummins, my fellow secondee from EisnerAmper Ireland, and I won tickets to see the Knicks on Friday night which was great fun. We finished off the weekend with a Super Bowl party at 230 Fifth, a rooftop bar with great views of Manhattan.US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 4 – Getting hands on
Week 4 in New York and busy season is well and truly upon us! I have been working on broker-dealer entities and I have found the experience to be both challenging and stimulating in equal measures. I am getting a very hands on approach to the work and learning about an industry which is very fascinating to me. As noted in my last blog I have a keen interest in the financial markets, therefore the work I’m currently doing has me engaged and I am looking forward to the weeks ahead.
Last Sunday was one of the most beautiful days I have experienced in NYC. It was restaurant week in NYC and to mark the occasion I went for Sunday lunch with three fellow South African secondees, Amore, Janse and Gareth. I have really enjoyed getting to know these guys. Afterwards, we went for a stroll in Little Italy and as it was a glorious day, we decided
to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. The views were stunning and it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 3 – Busy busy busy
It’s hard to believe that we have been here a whole month already. Busy season is well and truly under way and I have been assigned my first two broker-dealer clients. The work is very time consuming but rewarding as I am constantly learning new things.
Last week, Charles Weinstein, the CEO of EisnerAmper LLP gave the secondees the opportunity to win tickets to a Rangers ice hockey game. I was one of the fortunate ones and was lucky enough to attend the game which was being held in Madison Square Garden along with 3 other secondees.US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 3 – Assigned clients
This week I got assigned to two broker-dealer clients. Both clients have the same deadlines, so I’m expecting some busy weeks ahead!
Last weekend the blizzard, Jonas, came to town. The whole city shut down on Saturday afternoon, so it was a perfect opportunity to go and play in the snow. The city looked beautiful covered snow, definitely an experience I will never forget.US secondees blog 2016 →
New York, Week 3 – Ready to get to work
It’s now week three and we have completed our training and are ready to get to work. Busy season hasn’t kicked off in the office just yet so myself and fellow secondee, Emer, spent our week familiarising ourselves with the EisnerAmper LLP systems. As we approached the end of the week I was allocated my first job which was to complete IT 204 LL returns.
We’re trying to make the most of our evenings in the city before busy season begins so we bought tickets to see Jess Glynn in Webster Hall. It was an amazing gig. Storm Jonas hit at the weekend resulting in the city being in lock down which was an experience to say the least! The midnight snow fight will definitely be one of my favourite moments of my secondment!US secondees blog 2016 →