2/22/12

Interested in people's thoughts on these two firms. Who would you go with if you had a choice between their tech M&A groups (SF)?

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2/22/12

Do you actually have an offer from both shops?

If you do then it's a no brainer. Avoid RJ.

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2/22/12
Whiskey5:

Do you actually have an offer from both shops?

If you do then it's a no brainer. Avoid RJ.

Just curious, why avoid RJ?

2/22/12

I thought RJ was just a place to hang your license for a quasi-independent RIA?

2/22/12

dude sagent

2/22/12

yeah, can you guys elaborate on why Sagent? Raymond James seems like the only full service investment bank actually looking to grow right now, especially with the Morgan Keegan acquisition.

2/22/12

Raymond James for sure...but I hope you have offers before you are asking these questions

XX

2/22/12

Sagent, which I believe was started by ex CS guys if I'm not mistaken.

'We're bigger than U.S. Steel"

2/22/12
Wasserstag526:

Sagent, which I believe was started by ex CS guys if I'm not mistaken.

That's right, though before that the founders were heads of M&A at DLJ. Sagent would be my vote as well. They have a decent reputation in tech. Have worked opposite RJ before and was not impressed by their work product. Know a few people at Sagent and they're smart guys, though work pretty hard.

2/22/12

sagent is pure advisory, they have better deal flow. For me if you are interested in M&A, pure advisory > full-service IB

2/27/12
theparadox:

Interested in people's thoughts on these two firms. Who would you go with if you had a choice between their tech M&A groups (SF)?

I would absolutely go with RJ. Sagent's tech team has miserable deal flow... they haven't closed a real deal in a while.

I think they just fired half of their tech team too.

2/27/12

a nice variety of responses here

2/27/12

Run, don't walk to Sagent. Much more upside for interesting deals, exit ops. RJ is the Toyota Camry of banks.

2/29/12

Yeah, opinion seems really split so far. I hope more people can chime in.

2/29/12

Got an offer from sagent for SA. Didn't go with them but was impressed with what I heard. They do much bigger and more sophisticated deals than rj. Go with them.

2/29/12

depending on what you would like to do. I am more familiar with sagent after going against them on a couple pitches. sagent i heard did take out half of the tech team so i doubt you have the "choice" in their tech M&A since all their analysts are generalists now. their main IDM guy left to HW sf so their tech practice now is non-existent.

That being said, sagent is still a bigger name compared to RJ and you will get recruited by a handful of buyside shops.

7/19/12

dude, Sagent. How is this even a question?

11/17/14

Hey guys, worry to resurrect this post, but does anyone have an update on Sagent exit opps? I have an offer and really like them but would like some input on what type of buyside shops look at Sagent analysts. Thanks.

Fuck Stringer

11/17/14

And you are comparing this Sagent offer with what other firm?

11/18/14

Fuck Stringer

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