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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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Comments (19)

  • Whiskey5's picture

    Do you actually have an offer from both shops?

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

  • GentlemanJack's picture

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

  • OMS's picture
  • theparadox's picture

    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.

  • Pike's picture

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

    XX

  • Wasserstag526's picture

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

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

  • OMS's picture

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

  • In reply to Wasserstag526
    South Sea Tulip's picture

    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.

  • Senior Frog's picture

    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.

  • PaperChasin's picture

    a nice variety of responses here

  • Dank Nugs's picture

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

  • latitude4310's picture

    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.

  • Ricqles's picture

    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.

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    Fuck Stringer

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    Fuck Stringer