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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.

  • In reply to Whiskey5
    BTbanker's picture

    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?

  • GentlemanJack's picture

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

  • 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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  • Action Bronson's picture

    Fuck Stringer

  • Action Bronson's picture

    Fuck Stringer