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AMA: Food-tech / Plant-based foods VC / incubator co-founder

earthwalker7

<h4>My Background</h4> <li> I'm a co-founder in a food-tech incubator and have been actively investing in food-tech for a year.</li> <li> Experience in both private equity and real estate </li> <li> Has worked at some of Asia's top...

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AMA: PE Associate at a single-sector mid-market fund

Escobar Houdini

<h4>Bio:</h4> * Currently an Associate at a sector-specific European mid-market fund * Previously an Analyst at a smaller boutique * Started out at a "global" investment bank * Undergrad from a continental European uni and post-grad from a business school in...

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AMA: 1st year FoF Infrastructure at Buyside

truelondoner

<h4>Background</h4> <ul><li>Private Equity Infrastructure Funds, Secondaries and Co-investments</li> <li>Experience in Institutional Asset Management & Investment Research (Mutual funds)</li> <li><abbr title="Chartered Financial...

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Does Private Equity prepare you for starting/running your own business?

juan.longo97

Hello, I will be joining a BB bank (GS/MS/JP) in London as an IBD analyst. I always had in mind moving to a PE and then proving myself there and eventually starting my own PE fund either in London or NYC. However, I have now understood that this is indeed a very difficult path. My father runs and ow...

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AMA: Big4 Consulting to Private Equity, now M7 MBA

VincentGambini

Top 20 Undergrad with GPA ~3.0 in Economics Big 4 Consulting ~2 years (Not an M&A diligence group, classic S&O) MM Tech Buyouts ~3 years Before school, advised an software company on their $20M Series C capital raise Top MBA Program (Interning in Growth Equity) Can answer questions about: recruiti...

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Ardian Infrastructure Intern interview in London

monkey1956

anybody here can share some insights on Ardian Infrastructure Intern Interview process. This is for their London office. Thanks!...

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BX REPE vs BB (GS/MS) IBD

2348047474fh

Hi guys, target school junior going through recruiting right now. I have offers form both and was wondering which was the better option. BX offer is for real estate and BB IBD offer is for natural resources/energy (in Houston), but im pretty much industry agnostic and find buyside work more interest...

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CapitalSpring - Restaurant Private equity

dogboo

Is anyone familiar with this firm? Any insights into their reputation/track record would be appreciated. Also does anyone know which recruiters they use? http://www.capitalspring.com/...

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MM LBO PE to Growth Equity

dunkingonmutumbo

What are some things to consider or be aware of with regards to a transition from MM LBO PE (think $50-100mm EV) to Growth Equity ($20-50mm minority positions)?...

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Corporate PE vs REPE Development focus - Who posts a higher IRR?

Venturepapi

Don't know much about the relative return profiles of the 2 but curious which posts a higher IRR, Corporate Private Equity or Real Estate Private Equity with a focus on development? ...

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Breaking into Venture Capital out of Undergrad??

CreditMadrid

Is it possible to break into the venture capital industry right out of undergrad? And what are the best routes to take to break into venture capital? ...

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How to Leverage a Private Equity Firm?

Armhoo1

So I'm sitting at a coffee shop re-calibrating my stock portfolio when I come across this intriguing company. A small cap stock ($2B market cap) in the business services industry. Been around for 20+ years. Profitable with admittedly okay margins. Not indebted at all, but could possibly use some mor...

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LBO Modelling questions (Debt Schedule)

fredrik

How do you usually structure the debt schedule? I think the clearest way to go about it is to structure it as follows: CF Available for debt service Debt 1 (BOP, repayment, EOP, interest) CF Available for debt service of second tranche Debt 2 (BOP, repayment, EOP, interest) CF after debt servicing...

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PE vacancy: what role is this?

EUROPETARGET

This is an on-campus vacancy for an internship with the potential for an FT role. But what does this mean? "It is a complementary investment management platform responsible for alternative, real asset strategies, such as shipping, debt and asset-backed private equity." Responsibility: - You will ...

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Hedge Fund PM breaking into PE?

guy_incognito

Do people do this? Can anyone comment from experience on their trajectory after making the switch, and the circumstances around when they did? PM here thinking about other options....

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Question about carried interest

shandor00

I wonder if someone can pitch in and tell me what you think: I own a small business ( less than $3M annual revenue ) and currently in negotiation with a VC to buy 100% of the shares for cash in hand + 30% equity in the new company they will form on top of the one I am selling. I was ready to sign b...

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Thoughts on Terra Firma?

throwaway531531

What are everyone's thoughts on Terra Firma? Are they a strong/prestigious fund? If you had a choice to start out on their grad scheme in PE or join one of the top 3 tier 1 BBs (GS/MS/JPM) or a top tier 1 EB such as Lazard/Evercore/Centerview etc.. who would you go for? If your ultimate goal is PE....

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Likely Getting Pushed Out at End of 2 Years (LMM Buyout)

Grindtime

Figured I'd finally post this, and reach out to the usual studs on this board who have a bit more insight then myself. A little background: Semi-target, 3.6 GPA, 2 years MM banking, and I've been at a LMM buyout fund for the past 18 months. During this time, I've known from the start that it was ...

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Megafund Internship vs PERE full time

poohmonkey

Hi folks! Need little help here. Just graduated from an Ivy real estate program. Interned junior summer at a PERE top20 shop (US Firm, Asia team, AUM $50b+) in the Acquisitions team and got return offer. Now received an internship offer from a Megafund's (TPG/KKR/BX/Carlyle/Apollo) PERE team (China...

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Enough upside to change careers into PE at my age?

Curandero

Is there enough upside to changing careers at 37 years old into IB or PE, even in Portfolio Operations? Background is that I'm a 37-year old middle manager who has spent my career so far working at public corporations in the software industry. My undergrad was in mathematics and 12 years later I e...

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Transaction v. industry experience for growth equity

Great White Short

Figured I'd throw this out to the WSO crowd. Looking to hopefully transition either pre-MBA or post-MBA to a growth equity fund. Background to date is in F500 corporate strategy with some due diligence experience but more on the commercial side (i.e. I didn't necessarily own the financial model). ...

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PE fund investing comp

wabo22

I'm in the later stages of interviewing for a really cool firm that essentially functions as a multifamily office with every major asset class covered, but a particular focus on Alts. I'm interviewing for a PE manager selection/fund investing role across primaries, secondaries, and co-investments....

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Best Consumer and Retail PE shops?

WeAre112

I was wondering what are the best PE firms for the C&R industry? Any input would be greatly appreciated....

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Tier 2 consulting (Parthenon, LEK, AT Kearney) to MM PE?

Chicago60007

Hello, I know the transition from Tier 2 consulting firms heavy on due diligence (Parthenon, LEK, AT Kearney) to MM PE is doable, but has anyone done an AMA on it? Mainly wondering what the process is like. I assume it is less based on HH as those are mainly used for UMM/MF? Any thoughts would be...

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PE Firm K-1 Software System or Platform

Robb-Rafferty

Does anyone have any experience with Enterprise wide PE Taxation software, specifically software or systems that generate K-1's for limited partners. My experience and observations tell me its always heavily custom Excel workbooks/models with lots of manual intervention and ad hoc rules by excepti...

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Infrastructure PE - London Compensation 2019

space_cadet

Dear WSO, Looking at an opportunity to join an Infrastructure PE fund in London. Would anyone have an indication of the compensation package base / bonus / carry for a first-year associate in this space? How is the base generally growing YoY? Thanks!...

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What is a better career path, REPE or Corporate PE?

KDISABITCHHHHH

In terms of overall prestige and long-term monetary benefits, is corporate, traditional private equity a better option or real estate private equity?...

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Secondaries PE

blahblahblahnyc

Guys, What exactly does an associate at a big secondaries fund such as AlpInvest, Lexington Partners... do? How are the exit opps and also bschool applications? Thanks so much!...

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Weighing PE Offers

Your boy Blue

I am a second year IB analyst at a MM firm. I'm actively trying to move back to my home city and was denied by my #1 and #2, but was fortunate enough to receive an offer from my #3. While I really like the firm's investing principles and the personalities in the office, I have some reservations rega...

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The 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 trying to swit...

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Junior Product Manager @ PE Firm Career Progression

Singhaho

Hello everyone, I am a Singaporean student who is about to graduate, and have been looking for a job recently. I have always been very interested in Private Equity, and have two Private Equity internship experience under my belt. I have been trying to search for an investment analyst role in PE, ...

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KKR Real Estate vs LaSalle Investment Mgmt

rankymonkey

Hi friends, Currently hesitating between these two shops. Hope to get some insights. For first job (post undergrad), which one is better? Got opportunities to work ft in both shops (one of their Asia offices) LaSalle definitely has a larger platform ($50b+ AUM) and better track record in Asia. Yet ...

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[PERE] LaSalle vs KKR?

rankymonkey

Hi friends, Currently hesitating between these two shops. Hope to get some insights. For first job (post undergrad), which one is better? Got opportunities to work ft in both shops (one of their Asia offices) LaSalle definitely has a larger platform ($50b+ AUM) and better track record in Asia. Yet ...

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Information on SoftBank Vision Fund

Bob-Charlie

I've recently progressed to a final round interview at SoftBank for an investment associate position with the Vision Fund and was looking for more information on what the position would entail. Does anybody have any idea what the culture at SoftBank is like? What are the hours like? More like MF or...

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Does anyone have experiences working with Plug and Play Ventures as a startup or as an employee?

Loki777

I came across this company and trying to understand if they are legit or not. I see mixed reviews on their glass door, and I don't see many articles about them elsewhere. Any insights whether from a startup perspective or as an employee would be appreciated. ...

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Amasia venture capital

InterestedInMA

Hey has anyone heard anything about this firm? Would love to know about it and if anyone has any experience with it...

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Natural resources group (chemicals focus) at top BB (GS/MS) vs MBB (McK / Bain) PE team for corporate PE exits?

ChemicalMonkey

Hi, I am debating between starting at a strong BB (GS/MS) in a non-ideal group (natural resources) versus at a MBB (McK / Bain) within their private equity practice, from the perspective of optimizing exits into European UMM / MF funds after ~2 years. I am most interested in exiting into a technol...

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How to Approach Proprietary Deal Idea

JJJ12

Just curious to get people's opinion on how they would approach the following situation: Recently joined a LMM PE firm as an Assoc. A close family friend of mine owns a great company to acquire, yet I do not if he is willing to sell anytime soon. He is rather old, Id say 63, so he is inching toward...

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Search Fund (Micro PE) vs Micro REPE Returns

Venturepapi

Who, on average posts higher IRR YoY, Search Funds or Micro REPE (focus on development PE) ? Would love to see any data on the two if there is any...

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PE Career Path after MBA

Bill Stern @ Axe Cap

Can someone shed some light on what's the career path like after MBA? Recently, got offered for a 2+2 MBA program at a T15 school. If you do the traditional 2 year IB analyst and 2 year PE associate, do you finish MBA and recruit for Principal right away or is it post mba associate role?...

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Anyone heard of XIO Group?

TheOceanizer

Would really appreciate some intel on XIO Group. They seem sizeable (some sources say $5bn AUM), and recently beat out Advent for a $1.1bn buyout bid. Apart from that, there is an astonishing lack of info for a fund of this scale... Does anyone know anything and can share? Most interested in their ...

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Trying to break into PE with Subpar CV

Jambalaya

Hey everyone, I'm fairly new to WSO and in need of some advice. I am trying to break into PE (ideally in London) and as so many have a subpar CV for the industry. Rough overview: German national with non-target undergrad, international experience including Big4 Acc internship in London. One year F...

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Black Diamond Capital Question

footballbanker1212

Black Diamond Capital is a Greenwich based Asset Management firm with ~$8bn AUM. I think they are mostly known for their CLO and credit HF business, but they also have a middle market PE group that most recently raised a $1.5bn Fund IV in late 2015. It would be great if anyone could share any inform...

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London: Exit Ops from Top BB (GS, MS, JPM) "niche" group to normal PE funds

128

What are the exit OPs in the city if you are in a "niche" group such as Oil&Gas, Real Estate or FIG at a top BB (GS, MS, JPM) for normal corporate PE funds (not like infra funds or real estate PE)?...

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Which PE Funds have Generalist programs?

htt2107

Which PE mega funds/UMM give generalist offers and which give industry specific? I believe Carlyle is industry specific, to start. ...

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Internship choice: 2nd tier Canadian bank IBD vs Jefferies S&T --> for a long term goal in PE

monkeytogorilla

Hi, I would appreciate some advice on my internship choices. I have a long term goal to get into PE. Both of the offers I received are Hong Kong based: 1: 2nd tier Canadian bank's IBD 2: Jefferies S&T From what I understand and research, Ive learnt that the Canadian bank's ibd unit has close to ...

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Networking to find Clients & Investors

CompliConsultant

So on this site we talk about how to succeed as a junior level employee and how to get jobs, but something that i have seen rarely discussed is how to succeed and take it to the next level aka making VP and above. We all know to a certain extent that at a certain point your value is bringing in cli...

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VC firm interview quant test

ship

am currently a management consultant with MBB. I have PhD/MBA and now interviewing with a healthcare VC fund. After 2 interviews, I am going to have a quant test. I am told that its a 4 hr test. so folks have any idea on what to expect and how to best prep for it? e.g. gmat type; build a NPV model;...

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Madison Dearborn vs. GTCR

carlsbad83

Obviously two of the top names in Chicago private equity - anyone have any insight into how they compare in terms of culture, hours, pay, prestige etc.? Was discussing Chicago PE with someone recently and realized I had very little insight into either of these firms....

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Best PE Events in EU...?

pharn00

Hi, can anybody suggest best Private Equity / M&A / Fund raising meetups / workshops / networking events that are ongoing in Europe? Thank you! ...

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Family Offices List

WallStreetOasis.com

1,133 Firms / 2,722 Emails / 2,285 LinkedIn Profile URLs and Growing Fast With the help of the WSO community (700,000+ members and counting), we are building a massive, self-adapting crowdsourced list of family offices that won’t break the bank. This list includes contacts from family offices ...

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TMT M&A Graduate Intern in a recognized boutique vs. Analyst Intern in a well-known PE Fund

geobdh

Hello everyone! I have been given the opportunity to join either Arma Partners, a fast-growing London-based TMT boutique as a Graduate Analyst for 6 months or TowerBrook (PE) for 6 months as an Analyst Intern. I am much more interested in starting my career in a PE fund and I wanted to know what w...

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Industry-Specific PE in a Recessionary Environment

nightowl777

Hi all, I know this topic has been covered a few times, but the discussions are a bit dated at this point. I'm contemplating an opportunity with an industrials-focused MM PE shop in a Tier 1 city that has had strong fund performance. However, I am concerned about the firm's sector focus. Given t...

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