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Changing jobs once before going buyside after 2 years. Have an offer to interview with another consultancy.My goal was to move from my tier 2 consulting firm to a sector VC/PE fund after 2 years. I have made contacts at almost every fund I would like to one day work at, and they know where I work. Now, I have received a request to interview with an MBB (tier 1) consulting firm. They want to bring me on ...
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VC Analyst Seeking Help to Improve his Deal Flow Sourcing and follow-up'sHi, gentlemen! I currently work in a Brazilian VC fund and am responsible for our whole sourcing process. I have some tasks including: - Prospect new startups (not a problem) - Doing quarterly FUP's with startups that are not yet on our investment stage (takes much more time than I would like) - Co...
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Keeping up with PE / industry-specific newsHow do you guys keep up with PE news? Currently in banking (UK) but want to get some sort of daily alert / news email with regards to (European) PE news. The FT has a PE section - anything else you guys use or find helpful? Also I am interested in the healthcare and consumer sector - but I am curr...
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Leaving IB Before Recruiting for PEBeen at an elite boutique in M&A in a major city (not NYC) for about 2 years now. At first, I was interested in continuing on as an associate (my firm allows A to A), but I'm leaning towards PE now. Given hours, I find myself exhausted, with little time to prep for PE recruitment. I know people on t...
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Company Review: Apollo Global Management - Great exposure for a sophomore. Food provided every day. Breakfast lunch and dinner. Pay was great for living in the city and good exposure to senior management through weekly seminars. . Old office but the office just got moved after my summer. No intern events throughout the summer except one. Seemed like the front office intern...
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Thoughts on Terra Firma?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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Exit opps from big tech corp strategy & relocating to EU#### Background I've been happily employed in a **good strategy role at a big tech company** for the last 2.5 years. The focus is on modelling, building and managing a pipeline of innovation initiatives to drive material shareholder value. Before that, I worked for 2 years at a **growth-stage sta...
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Abraaj Group Hiring ProcessDoes anyone know what their recruiting process is like? What's the timeline? Do they do the year and a half thing in advance like the north american mega funds? What's the best recruiters to use (if any)? Any information would be very helpful. Thanks All...
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Memory Repair Protocol A contemplation**Memory Repair Protocol** A contemplation rehearse includes having a solitary purpose of center, lessening any diversions. It includes calming the psyche prattle with the goal that we can go further into our own being. There are numerous types of reflections some are visual like concentrating on a ...
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Company Review: The Abraaj Group - DisappointedInteresting markets and international people. Knowledgeable about the markets in which the firm operates.. Pay is low, lack understanding of how other PE firms work (too many people at this firm not in essential functions, hence too many mouths to feed)....
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PE Fund-of-funds......exit ops?Given the state of the economy, like many other recent MBA grads I find myself considering alternate career paths. I currently have an offer at a PE Fund-of-funds. The position involves investing in different GPs across the PE industry along with co-investments in portfolio companies. My main questi...
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BBH Private Equity Arm Hey guys, any thoughts on BBH Brown Brothers Harriman's PE arm? BBH Capital Partners? Size, Culture, and name in the Street. Thanks. ...
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Investing in Companies/Startups as part of B school story? Hi there, I am an Associate at a middle-market PE shop for reference. I am thinking about investing a nominal amount in publically-traded companies or startups as a way to a) follow the market and get a deeper understanding of the sectors I cover b) showcase my genuine strong interest in investing ...
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Company Interview: StepStone Group - AnalystNothing beyond basic knowledge of R programming and stocks. The most difficult part should be how to finish the exercise in a short time. Strong quantitative background would be good for you to answer questions. Unlike usual skills company needs in fin company, they mainly focus on R/Python rather t...
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Blackstone Portfolio Operations GroupCurrently at a BB AM division. Been looking at consulting-type jobs, and just found out about BX POG. Does anyone know what an analyst does there? Hope it opens up opportunities to look at various company operations, but the Analyst position description sounds like a big middle-office job without m...
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Management Consultancy to PEHey, I'm looking for some advice from the WSO community re. a move I'm thinking of making into PE A little bit about myself: - Currently a high-performing consultant at a boutique management consultancy, specialising in the energy sector (commercial strategy, market entry, cost reduction etc - p...
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The 411 on Impact InvestingAt the moment, my goal is to end up at an impact investing private equity firm. Does anyone have any experience with this or work in the industry? If so, could you tell me: - What firms are the big players in impact investing? - Where are said firms located? - How does recruiting work? Same as MF...
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Company Review: Fortress Investment Group - Great BrandBrand is really great. Everyone knows who you are. A lot of discretionary capital Deal flow Office location. Comp is reportedly low compared to peers. As much as half as much as what other firms might get you. No 360 reviews - this can lead to skewed outcomes. ...
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Wealth management over PEWealth management over PE, what could be the arguments? How to justify it? What's good about wealth management? thanks...
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Dallas PE Funds Opinions/Insights?It seems like a lot of the Dallas-based funds are kicking off their process for 2019 start associates. Anyone have any opinions/insight on the best funds in terms of dealflow, culture, returns, b-school etc.? Funds that I've seen include Insight, Trive, Kainos, CenterOak, Redbird, CIC, Gauge, Lonest...
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Co-Invest for Carried interest, what is reasonable?I have been offered a job as a PM/Director of a PE Fund with 200M AUM and looking to raise new Fund of 350AUM. I have been offered significant carry in new Fund of 20%. However I will need to contribute 20% of GP commitment of 1% of total raised capital (1% * 350 * 20% = 700k) as a co-invest in orde...
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BIG Ideas for India's Budget 2018 ... Unlocking US $ 1.24 Trillion of value trapped within Indian cities![BIG Ideas for Budget 2018 ... Unlocking US $ 1.24 Trillion of value trapped within Indian cities](https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/big-ideas-budget-2018-ulocking-us-124-trillion-within-puntambekar/) **Executive Summary :** The Budget proposal below is addressed to Mr. Arun Jaitley, India’s Fin...
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From IB to PE RE/InfraI have been at a top bbb for the past 2 years and I'm looking to move to PE real assets (RE and/or Infra). Since I am not in the RE or Infra group I have literally 0 related deal experience on my resume and was wondering what I should emphasise in my cover letter to counterbalance that. Hinting that...
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Company Review: Fulcrum Capital - Great cultureCulture is awesome, very good access to senior partner level management and good exposure to service providers and portfolio companies. Small team with few juniors which means there are less people in the same age group, minimal resources for assistance in terms or marketing etc...
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Do venture capital firms ever hire consultants? If so, what kinds of firms hire, and for what?My best guess is that if there are VCs that hire consultants, the ones who do so are the larger firms, and that they hire them to do due diligence on later stage companies. My second guess is that the larger firms hire consultants to do portfolio work, either for individual companies or for overall ...
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Was it a mistake? A confused Private Equity junior.I went through the typical path – top school / top BB IBD 2 yrs then I joined a PE earlier last year. I didn’t join a mega fund like most of my friends did – I joined a newly established PE founded by some very competitive and credible senior partners from some top mega fund, the shop they sta...
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Bregal PartnersDoes anyone have any information or insight into this firm? Are they an up and coming MM PE player? And how are they perceived overall? ...
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Private Equity EnergyHow different is a private equity fund specialized in energy from traditional PE funds? Do you use LBO as well? Do you value companies based on NAV with exploration, production and marketing parts? How does it work and what are your thoughts on that? Thanks...
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Blackstone Energy PartnersHi All, Does someone know the Blackstone Energy Partners team. Do you have any feedback to provide and recommendations for interviews? Thanks a lot!...
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PE firms with Analyst PositionsMonkeys, Which PE firms have analyst positions? I know some MM shops do but I have heard the training is often inadequate. Whereas I have heard at some MM shops the training and experience is second to none with chances of promotion. Please let me know, thank you in advance!!!...
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Experienced PE Associate Resume Examples/Advice?Does anyone have examples of what an experienced PE Associate's resume looks like? Can't find much information on the topic on WSO or elsewhere, and I'm planning on updating my resume to reflect my first 6 months in PE (might consider passively recruiting if good opps come along, so getting a curren...
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Private Debt PEWhat is the compensation, lifestyle, and work load of people who work at a PE firm in their private debt arm? I'd assume doing private debt at TPG or Bain etc is less prestigious and pays worse than actually closing on private equity deals. Would most ppl here even prefer a MM shop over doing privat...
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Company Review: Advent International Corporation - Good oportunity- High degree of freedom to create value on portfolio companies - High exposure to senior staff, both in portfolio companies and fund. - Long hours, often because of senior staff insecurity - High politics on the portfolio companies side...
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Chicago PE shops. Apollo? Ares?I am currently in IB in an energy group, but looking to move to Chicago when i jump to PE. On Apollo's website, they have Chicago listed as one of their offices, but on linkedin / WSO there's no trace of them. Is the Chicago office of Apollo mostly support / administrative roles? Suggested alternati...
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Can PE Internship help with Job hunt?Hey all, I've been browsing WSO for quite a while and it's definitely helped me out a bunch so far but i haven't found any forums in regards to how to fully leverage a PE internship. Background Info: I go to a semi-target school, Senior finishing up final semester with Economics degree, starting ou...
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Pitchbook vs Mergr/Low Cost AlternativesI work for a family office PE firm and have been tasked with looking for a database with comps on the deals we close in the 10 - 50 Mil EV range. I've narrowed it down to Pitchbook and a low cost provider called Mergr. Are you all aware of any other low cost alternatives to Pitchbook? Their products...
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Leaving banking early?Hi all, I am doing IB at a BB and I received a private equity offer for 2019 during on cycle recruiting, and they gave me the option to start earlier in 2019 (January/Feb). I was wondering how leaving banking early (instead of staying my full two years until the summer of 2019) is viewed? Down the ...
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Pre-MBA VC salaryWhat is typical pre-MBA compensation at a VC firm in a major market (e.g. SF, NYC) after two years of IB or consulting? I've heard the total comp is lower than PE, but looking for information about typical base salary, bonus, and carry ranges. ...
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What will happen to PE compensation once Trump reclassifies carried interest as regular income?Trump has said many times along the campaign trail that he intends to close this "loophole," though his cabinet appointees so far would suggest otherwise. However, it will be difficult to cut taxes to the levels in his proposals without closing off a good number of deductions and preferential tax r...
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Company Interview: StepStone Group - StepStone"Tell me a time when you have to deal with time conflict or a very urgent deadline" I told them I am usually good at this kind of pressure. To me it is all about time management. When assigned a lot of tasks to do - I would list everything on my calendar, have a think about how to prioritize and the...
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Small firm premiumHi, Working at a Belgium family office, investing in SMEs. Right now I am working on a valuation model and looking for some literature to back my small firm premium (i.e. Duff & Phelps - Guide to cost of capital) which can be added to the CAPM. Can somebody help me out? Many thanks....
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Thoughts on Gilde Buy OutWhat are everyone's thoughts on Gilde Buy Out? What is their reputation and how good would they be in mentoring their juniors? Want to see if this is the right place to start within PE in the Netherlands. ...
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Company Review: Silicon Valley Bank - SVB - Great lens into venture but not without its flawsGreat place to cut your teeth in Venture. Lots of smart people who are interested in venture and great access to world-class clients with tangible impact right away at associate/analyst level.. Comp is low relative to geography and market and it can get overly political. Experiencing growing pains...
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Net worth of Private Equity associatesSo I graduated from a target in 2012 (no debt), immediately joined a BB in 2012, and made the transition to PE in 2015. My net worth today (I always calculate it the first of the year), is 263,000. Is this above or below average? What is your career track so far and net worth?...
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LBO modelling and PE interview prep resourcesHi all I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for potential sources/courses that I can use to learn how to build an LBO from scratch myself and any sources for PE interview prep work that are relatively cheap, I'm a broke student in need. Thanks!...
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PE and IB Paid Advice and Lessons / TutoringHey everyone, I am a VP at a PE shop that focuses on infrastructure (renewable energy, power, utilities, etc) and am thinking of starting my own online advisory and tutoring business for both: 1) students interesting in the IB and PE businesses and 2) current junior bankers who need information or ...
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Equity financing and post-blockbuster-LBOI don't know deal count or a lot of specifics around stats for equity financings. But with growth equity becoming more popular, lots of non-LBO PE moves recently, and this cap on interest deductibility in the tax plan, what does the PE world have to say about the equity financings/deals happening in...
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PE Operations to MBA? Currently No PE/IB BackgroundI have an offer to join a MM private equity firm on their operations team doing reporting and analysis of the portfolio companies. The role slowly grows into more of a consulting-type role out at the portfolio companies providing various financial services. What is the value of this type of role whe...
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Growth Equity / VC Recruiting (On-Cycle)Any idea when the large growth equity / VC shops are kicking off processes (especially on the west coast)? Aware that TA & GA have gone, and that Sapphire kicked off its process this past Friday. Any idea when the Accels / Accel-KKRs / KPCBs of the world are going to go? Heard it will be in the comi...
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PE Ops or VC to enter into PE Investment?Hi everyone! I have an opportunity to do an internship with an elite MM PE's PortCo, or work as an investor on a well known Corporate VC. End goal is position myself for investing side PE. Any thoughts which one is better? ...
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Have an interview with PE Valuation team. Need good questions to ask themThis is at one of the big banks; its their Asset Management side, not IB. Looking for four or five great ones, any input would be appreciated!...
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AMA: Analyst --> Associate at a VC / Growth Equity Firm AMA: what its like in software VC / growth equity, to source deals, suck at it and do it again and again....
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[Castanea Partners] Any insight or inside information?I'm interested in branded consumer products private equity, and was wondering if anyone has heard of or worked with Castanea Partners. From the site, it looks like they are investing out of a $600m fourth fund alongside a $135m coinvestment vehicle, and have investments in small to middle market foo...
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Terra Firma Second Round InterviewHey Guys, I have been invited to a 'Graduate Recruitment Presentation' at Terra Firma's London Office following a first round interview on campus. The invitation says that the event will include a presentation on the business, a Q and A session and the opportunity to speak with employees from Ana...
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Market view of Guy Hands / Terra Firma?What is the market perception of guy hands and terra Firma following the EMI deal.. Still a top name? Still prestigious?...
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PE Deal Sourcing Comp / LifestyleHey all, I'm looking at making a career change from strategy consulting to PE deal sourcing. I'm a bit of an oddball, in that I was in sales before I moved into consulting. So I'm actually looking for a more commission-incentivized role that still combines some of the elements of finance / strategy...
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A quandry - to go to interview or not?I'd appreciate your views on what you would do in this situation. I work as an analyst in a boutique investment bank and will become a 2nd year analyst in two months time. I'm also through to the final round of interviews at Terra Firma for their graduate scheme (~20 people going for 6 spots). In ...
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True WindGents, Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Question for you all. Who has color on True Wind Capital? I have kept relatively up to date with them. The firm is a tech (not focused on any part of tech) MM fund out of SF. Founded by two former KKR guys. Recently acquired ARI. Any color on t...
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HF —> PEHi All, I’ve seen a couple threads on this but haven’t found a clear cut response. I used to work for a BB bank in an industry group and have moved over to a SWF-type firm in a group that invests in North American public equities. The work is HF-ish but we often sign NDAs and review PIPE type o...
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TowerBrook Capital Reputation?Hi guys Anyone got any insight on TowerBrook Capital? Reputation, prestige, comparable shops, pay, culture, etc. Both London and NY office Much appreciated!...
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Please rip apart my PE/VC information Memorandum (attached)Hi all, we are listing a SPAC that focuses 100% on Mining companies. The model is simply a listed PE/VC firm. Find attached our Memorandum and rip me apart like a Monkey. Tell me the fund is terrible and advise me where you can, I really respect the wealth of experience in this form. In the last se...
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How would investing in MM differ to large scale?How do MM PE fund investing styles differ from that of large scale? I.e. is MM investing more focused on looking for the next growth opportunities and potential revenue synergies whereas large scale is more focused on becoming more efficient and potential cost-cutting synergies? Also what makes MM...
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Company Review: KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts) - Happy with the experienceTeam is really good, direct senior works with you and you have several analysts in the same class. And there will be a lot of after work drinks. Working hours too long, travel during the weekend a lot. When you cover China, you have to go to some very remote place...
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Social Venture Capital / Private EquityHas anyone heard of firms like this that invest in microfinance firms or companies with the goal of providing products / services to the poor? I've found three: 1) Acumen Fund: http://acumenfund.org/about-us/about-us.html 2) Gray Ghost Ventures: http://www.grayghostventures.com/socialvf/portfolio.p...
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Difference between Merchant Banking and Private EquityWhat is the exact difference between merchant banking (within a bank) and a normal (separate from bank) private equity firm?...
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How would you invest $100kUndergrad and I've been headhunted for a PE analyst position and have the interview coming up next week. Was googling around past interview questions for this PE fund and came across this question. Was wondering if anyone had any advice on how they would go about answering this question for a PE fun...
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Thoughts on Clearbrook CapitalHi Guys, Anyone heard of Clearbrook Capital? What do you think about their reputation? Thanks a lot!...
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Best groups at BB for placement at Private Equity What are the best groups at a Bulge Bracket for placement in a Private Equity shop post analyst program?...
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Company Review: PSP Investments - Real Estate Investments - PSPGreat Company culture, you get to work on live deals and you learn a lot during the internship at PSP. I did not find any Cons to my internship at PSP, I would gladly work for that company again in the future....
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Are top MFins target programs for Private Equity firms? Was curious if programs like MFin at Princeton, MIT or MS in financial Economics at Columbia are target schools for PE firms like Blackstone, KKR, Carlyle Group, etc. If not, do you guys see any route after gaining some work experience after this program, like IB 2-3 years then switch? I know its ...
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Doing PE/REPE in Hong Kong/ChinaHI guys, recently I’ve researched and networked as hell to break into real estate private equity. I’m based in HK and found almost all the major funds based in the city are primarily focusing on mainland China. And almost everyone on the deal side (acquisition/investment roles) are local (rule o...
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TMT M&A Graduate Intern in a recognized boutique vs. Analyst Intern in a well-known PE FundHello 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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Private Equity CompetitionsI'm currently an undergrad at a non/semi-target school, and looking to do some private equity competitions and gain exposure to the field. I understand that there are not much PE competitions for undergrads out there other than Silver Lake, and was wondering if anyone had heard of other competitions...
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Ares Credit / Direct Lending - NYWhat do you guys think about this team as far as credit exit opps go from IB? Seem to be the domiate direct lender in the space but curious what this forum's thoughts are on the group. Pay seems to be comparable if not better than what ive heard first year PE guys making, and lifestyle seems much be...
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PE Interview Style QuestionLooking for some insight into this question. I am curious to see what other peoples thoughts are on the owner/operator vs franchise model. "Take two companies - one is an owner and operator of 300 fast food restaurants and other is a franchisor of 300 restaurants and collects 5% of profits from eac...
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Corporate Controllers - Valuation Control Group, Private EquityHi, Can anyone provide any information regarding VCG private equity at big banks. what are your exit opportunities and exactly what kind of work they do. Also if anyone can provide guides to the work/modeling they do, I would appreciate....
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Why do ppl choose megafunds over MM?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 MM -- especially if it is less competitive? Moderator note: This has turned into one of the most ...
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Company Interview: Rosewood Private Investments - Private Equity Summer AnalystAsked to give background about myself, why Rosewood Private Investments, discuss summer internship in investment banking. Walk me through a discounted cash flow. Why private equity? If you have the previous year's balance sheet as well as the current year's cash flow statement, how could you figu...
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Breaking In from Undergrad: Energy PEYou definitely hear about select students from HYPW breaking into PE straight from undergrad for relatively generalist roles. Do students from places like McCombs or Rice have any similar shot at breaking into Energy PE MFs in Houston? Or are they stuck with Houston BBs and EBs? And I realize if...
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Help: Accept PE Offer or Corp Dev Offer?Delete Please... This one is not necessary anymore, so please feel free to delete. Thanks a lot. Much Appreciated ...
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Compensation by level in private equityWhat is the compensation by level in private equity ? As detailed as possible and include (if can) the time one must stay at each levels ...
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Family Offices ListDoes anyone have access to or know how I can obtain a list of Family Offices in the US?...
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