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+5358 years old with no finance experience, too late to get into PE?

AllStateRap

Hi everyone. I go to a top feeder elementary school and hoping to get into <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr> or hopefully <abbr title="megafund">MF</abbr> <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> down the line. I'm...

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+157My Private Equity Recruiting Process

Candor

I am about 3 weeks removed from receiving three <abbr title="private equity ">PE</abbr> offers (from <abbr title="megafunds ">MFs</abbr> and top <abbr title="middle market ">MM</abbr> firms), both elated and relieved to be done...

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+149From Private Equity Associate to VP in Private Equity

labanker

There's a perception of people on the street that private equity is the cream of the crop. The hours, the pay, the beloved carry, the work itself - is it all greener grass syndrome? Not quite, private equity is pretty awesome by most standards; that's why becoming a private equity...

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+112Overview of Infrastructure Private Equity

Option Value

Hello <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, I have been a long time lurker, and this is my first post (or maybe I am one of the top rated authors who decided to make a post anonymously). I have noticed a certain lack of information about infrastructure investing on...

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+93Why I Left PE & Switched to the Public Markets

johndoe89

I compiled this post because I've received several questions aroud this topic in private messages and I thought it may be helpful to discuss my experience with a wider audience. I would like to caveat all of the information in this really long post below by saying that these are all broad...

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+78Former MS M&A / KKR here to field questions

10xleverage

In the spirit of thanksgiving, I have decided to host a thread where you can ask all you ever wanted about banking or <abbr title="private equity ">PE</abbr>. Please feel free to ask away.

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+70STOP obsessing about windows to jump thru for PE!!!

earthwalker7

Starting my rant.... <rant> I just got asked about career planning for the move from <abbr title="investment banking division">IBD</abbr> to <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr>, yet again. I've a lot of sympathy for my fellow...

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+64Are you experienced? Thoughts on growing older

labanker

It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in on <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>. I hope 2016 has treated you all well and you’re now settling in for some well deserved rest and relaxation time over the course of the holidays. It may just be selection bias...

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+61Best day of my life. I broke into PE coming from Community College. Here is my story.

SUNYWallStreet

I wanted to tell my story on this forum - as <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> has been the sole reason which helped me learn about the industry and how to break in. I am from downstate New York, born and raised. I was a poor student in high school, so much so I...

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+60AMA: 3rd Year PE Associate ($10bn+ AUM, MBO/LBO, equity, mezz, distressed debt)

NuckFuts

Edit: <em>Wow, did not expect this thread to get so popular. Apologies if you PM'd me and I have not responded - there are dozens of messages I would respond to if I wasn't getting crushed on a deal. My firm must monitor my <abbr title="Wall Street...

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+50Life after PE - the other road

labanker

As I mentioned in a previous thread (<a href="//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/how-to-make-vp-in-private-equity">"How to Make VP in Private Equity"</a>), a couple years ago I said goodbye to the private equity industry and decided to try my luck in the tech...

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+49Investment Banking to Private Equity - 6 Things You Should Know

I Invest

<h3>1. Why not just try to start with a <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> firm?</h3> There are <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> firms that hire juniors out of undergrad. However, this 99.99% of the time is in a sub-associate...

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+46No country for old I-bankers (starting a mid-career thread for finance professionals)

earthwalker7

Starting a thread for mid-career finance professionals. Where did you guys go after banking? I ended up in <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> myself, but man, it's hard. Seems <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> is all about the...

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+42AMA - Analyst at Top PE Fund (TPG, KKR, BX, OAK, Carlyle, APO)

thewallstreeter200

Hi everyone! Long term user, but new account here to preserve my anonymity. <h3>My background: </h3> I'm currently a private equity analyst at one of the funds in the topic title. As some of our processes are slowing down, I wanted to check back into the forum and give back...

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+40Why do people choose megafunds over MM?

lurker22

Wondering about this. Is it just the prestige/pay? Seems like your experience would be quite limited at megafunds (type of work similar to banking, just modelling focused). Why don't more people pursue <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr> -- especially if it is less...

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+402019 On-Cycle PE Recruiting: Headhunter Ranking

Theo_Epstein_2032

Recruited on-cycle in early December and signed with an upper <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr> buyout fund in <abbr title="New York City">NYC</abbr> starting Summer 2019 (flagship fund size: $6-9 bn; AUM: $20-40 bn). Lazy Friday in the office...

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+39Went from Community College & Fast Food with a 2.8 GPA to one of the most active PE funds in the world within 3 years. AMA.

xgozax

Happy to answer any questions. Message me personally if you'd like 1 on 1 help.

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+39Tricks of the Trade

babymonkey357

Just want to share best practices and hear what other people do to be more efficient. I'm wrapping up 1st year associate in middle-market growth equity shop... <h3>PortCos</h3> * Keep a folder for each portco in outlook where I save all correspondence * Save all...

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+39Abraaj Capital - Global Anlayst Program - 2017 Intake

Sohail

Hey Guys! With regard to the above captioned subject, I'm looking to get in touch with candidates who have applied for Abraaj's GAP for the 2017 intake. In this regard, I'd be grateful if people can apprise about the status of their application process. Also, all those who are...

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+38Private Equity Recruiting Walkthrough – My Experience

embeebee

I’m 6 weeks removed from receiving an offer at a UMM/<abbr title="megafund">MF</abbr> – it was truly a thrilling experience. Now that I’m back into the swing of things at work, I thought I’d give back to the <abbr title="Wall Street...

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+37The Truth Behind PE Compensation

CompBanker

Hello World! Compensation in the <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> world can be a bit of a black box. I sometimes get approached by folks who are perplexed by their compensation packages at a middle market <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr>...

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+37Millionaire by 30

benjirivers

Hey there wolves. I recently set a goal for myself to be have a million dollars sitting in my savings account before mid-age crisis blows me across the face like a metal baseball bat. If there's any of you young bucks out there on the street with a similar goal. Matter of fact, if...

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+36How does one best fit pregnancy into a PE career

IBDMagician

As a woman eyeing a career in <abbr title="private equity ">PE</abbr>, how could one best plan pregnancy to minimise damage to one's career progression. Time it with MBA? Wait till Director or even Partner? I doubt there are many mothers on here who can speak from...

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+35Any Others Dealing With Competitiveness Among Associates / Cut Throat Office Culture?

Private_Equiteer

Hi All - Posting from a throwaway account for anonymity, but wanted to get everyone's thoughts on a relatively new phenomenon I've started experiencing since beginning my role on the buy-side. <h4>My background: </h4> A bit of background on me - traditional path to...

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+35The Promised Land of Private Equity Turned out to be a "Monster Land"

Pantera

I spent 3 years in bulge bracket bank covering awesome tech companies. Banking was great for me can't complain much. The culture in my group was amazing, the people I worked with were fantastic. Lots of social events, group lunch breaks and coffee chats. But like everyone else I was...

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+31As my username suggests, not sure what to do...

FullyBurnedOutMonkey

First year <abbr title="private equity ">PE</abbr> associate...rolled into <abbr title="private equity ">PE</abbr> without much of a break once I got done with my third year in banking. As my username suggests, I am fully burned out, and was fully...

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+30What separates the good from the great in Private Equity?

technocrat

You've probably heard this one before. "The only thing harder than breaking into private equity is staying in private equity". I would love to hear from people in the industry - what separates those who rise through the ranks from those who do their 2-3 years as an associate and...

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+30A little advice from a F50 executive

NuckFuts

So I was in business class on an transatlantic flight the other day and ended up sitting next to a F50 executive. He was surprisingly friendly and started up a conversation with me (we were both boozing pretty hard, as one tends to do in business class). It was a fascinating conversation - this...

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+30A Non-Target's Perspective - My MM PE Recruiting Process

ValueBanker14

It's been several weeks now since I received my offer from a top <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr> <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> firm. As several other users can attest to, the <abbr title="private...

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+28AMA: GS Special Situations >> Founder of a Private Equity Startup

powers99

My experience bridges three worlds: investment banking, private equity, and startup life. Here’s my story, in a nutshell: I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin's Plan II and Business Honors programs and was hired directly out of <span...

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+27Private Equity Recruiting Kicked Off?

Blue_Horseshoe_5

Heard this per head hunters / friends at various banks. Curious to hear what others have been hearing. Thanks

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+27Ask me anything - Non Traditional Background to MM PE to H/S/W

MPG

So here I am, the prodigal son returning. I haven’t been on this site in some time but wanted to write this post to generate some helpful content as a way of saying thank you to Patrick and the rest of the <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis ">WSO</abbr> team, as their site...

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+26Best lifestyle PE firms in terms of hours work, comp/size doesn't matter

Making Gravy

Just curious. If someone wasn't worried about comp, wasn't worried about fast progression, wasn't worried about sector, just liked the work of <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> and wanted to have the best lifestyle possible, which shops would you...

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+262020 On-Cycle Recruiting Kicks Off

sledsonmyfeet

Looks like Christmas has come early this year...for some Rumor has it that the following firms have kicked off; post your observations below! * New Mountain * <abbr title="Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.">KKR</abbr> * Centerbridge * Ares * Summit * ...

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+25Do you consider your Private Equity job intellectually stimulating?

Wolfofgeorgestreet

I have heard on some threads here and in general that <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> jobs can get stale and boring, of course every job has its shit days but the nature of <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> is long term concentrated...

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+24From State School to IBD to MM PE: AMA

THE PsYcHoLoGy

<em>Mod Note (Andy) - this AMA originally went up last December but @THE PsYcHoLoGy" wrote and said he could still answer questions</em> <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr>, I joined this site during my junior year of college, and it has proved to...

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+24PE Horror Stories

babymonkey357

We thought (maybe just me) that <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> would have none or significantly less of the silly bullshit that banking had. Would love to hear some horror stories of pre-MBA associates being owned by their more senior colleagues. The gorier the...

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+24AMA: My journey, from the lab to MMPE

Layne Staley

I’ve been threatening to do one of these for a couple months, and I figured I’d slam it out while I have some downtime in the office. I’m in my early 30s and I work at a middle-market private equity firm in the Southeastern US. I’ve taken a rather long, circuitous route to get here, and...

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+23My PE Recruiting Process

ThatIsNotMyName

Post #2: Update as of Feb 21, 2014 It has definitely been a stressful month. Recruitment has fully kicked off for me and I was surprised at the amount of traction I’ve gotten so far. With each interview, my responses have gotten better and I learned to <abbr title="balance...

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+23Private Equity Resume Template - Official WSO CV Example

WallStreetOasis.com

<h4>Attached to the bottom of this post, you will find the Wall Street Oasis private equity resume template for experienced professionals, used by the WSO paid service and thousands of candidates to successfully land a job in private equity.</h4> For those of you with deal or...

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+23I'm a VP in MM PE, ask me anything

MPG

I'm a VP in <abbr title="middle market">MM</abbr> <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr>, ask me anything. Interview prep questions, industry questions, etc. etc.

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+23Private Equity: How to Analyze a CIM Effectively?

johndoe89

All, I work at a middle-market fund (started about 8 months ago here) and wanted to learn from someone qualified (associate level or above) who works on the buyside what the best and most efficient way to analyze a <abbr title="confidential information...

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+23Do's & Dont's - 1st Year Private Equity Associate

pe-b1tch-hehe

There are a lot of posts on <abbr title="Wall Street Oasis">WSO</abbr> about <span class='keyword_link'><a href="/finance-dictionary/what-is-investment-banking-division-IBD"><abbr title="investment banking...

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+23AMA: I’ve held Pre-MBA MM LBO, Growth Equity and Venture Capital investment roles for funds with $500M+ AUM to $5B+ AUM

TheBigBambino

Hi All - I'm ~5 or so years out of college. I did not do a formal 2 years of investment banking and was instead hired out of undergrad as an analyst at a fund. I've worked at several firms in several major US cities. I've worked at one smaller regional firm with $500M - $1B AUM...

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+22Special Sits PE Case Study Example

Matrick

<em>The webinar for this case is TODAY, July 6th, at 5:00pm EDT. If you miss it, it will be replayed for free on the homepage on August 6th</em> Even though recruiting season is not necessarily around the corner, I thought I'd share the below with the community. If anyone has...

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+22Would you live here for $200k?

InTheRearAndOutTheEar

A lot of basis towards each coast and no love for the middle of this country. Would you take a job in one of the flyover states for $150k base, $90k(mixed Bonus) for 2 years then it jumps up VP, SVP ($400k base) etc? Corporate Development type of role with financial analyst mix. If so what...

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+22Biggest wastes of time in Private Equity

Intern4ever

Want to hear from junior <abbr title="private equity ">PE</abbr> monkeys what their biggest wastes of time are. I have to deal with a bunch of process bullshit, and I want to hear what else sucks up people's time. For example: - When first looking at a company,...

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+21Venture Capital Associate Fielding Questions

JimmyDormandy

<em><strong> mod (Andy) note:</strong><em> this was originally posted in July but he's still answering q's for those interested in <abbr title="venture capital">VC</abbr>. In following the solid threads of the 10x leverage,...

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+21MM IBD (Analyst) > MM PE (Associate) > MM PE (Senior Associate) - Here to answer any and all questions!

WallaWalla69

Currently a Sr. Associate at a well-known $1Bn+ shop. Long time lurker and first time poster. Given all the misinformation and misguided advice so prevalent on this site, I'm here to (hopefully) provide some real advice to private equity hopefuls. AMA!

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+20Starting Post-MBA Megafund PE - Ask me Anything (AMA)

butcherer

Have a few weeks before starting my post-MBA <abbr title="private equity">PE</abbr> role so figured I'd try to give back. I've been a long-term lurker and infrequent contributor, and would love to help with any questions you guys might have. Quick background...

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