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Z Capital Group - Thoughts or Info?Doesn't appear that this firm has been discussed on WSO yet. I was contacted by a recruiter and was wondering if anyone was familiar with this firm in any capacity (work experience, industry rep, recruiting, ect). Looks like it has about ~2.3 bil in AUM per their website and has a handful of familia...
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Small cap funds investing in Africa? Hey guys, I'm starting a quasi-PE shop in Accra, Ghana 500k to 10m USD deals. Not your traditional PE shop (happy to explain how it's different) but has anyone done any deals within this ticket range? or know of any companies that invest in small and growing businesses on the continent? Cheers...
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LBO capital structure questionThis is a conceptual question - I understand on a basic level the benefits of using debt in an LBO (reduces the upfront cost of acquiring, making it easier to earn a high return / frees up the fund to diversify investments), but I'm having trouble thinking about this from a cost of capital perspecti...
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PE Finance QuestionHi Everyone, I have a quick question. In a private equity firm/hedge fund firm, which department handles the carried interest / management fee calculations? Who actually set the funds up and keeps track of the deal by deal revenues that come in & report on them? I assume there is a department that...
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Best source for PE compensation benchmarks?Hello all. I'm a Director in a MM PE fund and my review is coming up. I've got the Heidrick & Struggles PE compensation report for 2016, but are there any other reports/analyses you would suggest in order to get a sense for what market base/bonus/carry is (by fund size, AUM, region, etc.)?...
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Groups like GS SSGWhat groups in other companies would be most similar to GS SSG? (There seems to be some variation in special situations groups)...
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MBB Consulting out of undergrad into PEI've seen a lot on this forum about how MBB out of undergrad is your best bet to get into PE from consulting. But I'd love to hear more details about what it is like to actually go from MBB analyst (specifically Bain or McKinsey) to a private equity gig. If anyone has done this I would really apprec...
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Knowing when to quitHello all, Long time reader first time contributor. Don't want to divulge too much here as my colleagues are on here as well. That being said, my background is buy side. I have been with my current firm for 3 years right out of my MBA. I am in my late 30s. I analyze investment opportunities for ...
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Arlington Capital PartnersDoes anyone have any insight into them? They're based in DC and recently raised an oversubscribed fund. They seem to have also had some very solid exits. The associates/vps/partners all seem to have strong backgrounds as well. ...
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Fund says I am an independent contractor - 10-99 vs W2Did you ever work at a place that treats you as an independent contractor vs W2 worker? Thoughts on joining a fund that does? LA/SF/NYC areas. I'd have to incorporate as an LLC....
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Anyone interview at Digital Bridge LLC? Comms Infra PEHi All Am scheduled to interview with at Digital Bridge LLC for an associate role. Not much information on the company available online. I'm currently an MBB consultant with experience in corporate strategy, due diligence, M&A and valuation. Seems like a small shop with only a dozen or so employ...
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Infrastructure Private Equity - Interview helpJust wondering if anyone on WSO has had PE interview experience, or working experience with Infrastructure private equity? I did a search and I haven't found too much on the topic, except high level details on one or two top funds. I'm curious what kind of questions (both qualitative and quant) you...
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PE firms with Analyst programsCan we make a list of PE firms that have an analyst program? I understand that most PE firms take IBD analysts after 2 years or so. However, as more PE firms start recruiting undergrads as analysts it could be useful to make a list of MF and MM's. I couldn't find a thread dedicated to this. ...
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How to discuss PE/due-diligence experience in consulting during interviewsHi WSO. The big recommendation that I've heard when it comes to PE interview prep is knowing your deals inside out. I'm from consulting and have done several due-diligence projects. However, since the role of a consulting firm is primarily just commercial due diligence, we're "blind" to most aspects...
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Mainsail Partners - Culture, Comp, Work / Life BalanceCan any previous / current investment professionals (or friends of such individuals) comment a bit on this firm? Looking for information about their associate program in particular. I haven't read too much about them, but from my view they seem like a solid, growing firm with an interesting strategy...
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Company Review: Morgan Stanley - Real EstateDeal Flow this year. Team has shrunk but contained talent, however senior team members significantly outnumber juniors.. Work as an Analyst not often rewarded. Team is flooded with deal flow but no further analysts recruited....
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Megafund=Sweatshop?I was just curious, are all megafunds (KKR, TPG, BX, Carlyle...) sweatshops? Are there any megafunds where normal hours are possible?...
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Are you experienced? Thoughts on growing olderIt’s been awhile since I’ve checked in on WSO. 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 given I’m starting to get a little older myself (I just turned 34), ...
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Private Equity vs Consulting?Hey everyone, I am currently a first year analyst at an M&A group of my bank. I really appreciate the learning opportunities and experiences I am getting but am having some questions/doubts about next steps in my career path that I was hoping this forum could help with. Initially, my plan was...
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Goldman IMD product controller exit opportunities Are there any potential PE exit opportunities for an IMD product controller at Goldman Sachs? I understand the nature of my role might not directly prepare me for a PE analyst role but does the GS name on my resume give me any pull? I will also very likely internally transfer to a revenue group with...
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Technical question: modeling NOLsHi all! I'm trying to work through modeling an LBO but am stuck on modeling NOLs. Why is a change in an NOL modeled as the minimum of EBT, the beginning NOL balance, and the recognition % of equity price? Any help/intuition as to why this is the case would be highly appreciated, I've been racking ...
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European Private Equity Associates backgroundsI have made a research into the backgrounds of PE Associates in Europe to find where and what they studied and where they worked before to repeat their steps and land among them in the future. I analysed 28 companies and found 162 analysts that had information on their background on their website....
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Year end performance review Working for a growth capital PE firm in a frontier market. 1st year in the firm completed. Based on what performance is usually reviewed in a PE firm? Is it on the number of companies i have analyzed or what? ...
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PE back to BankingAll, I am currently struggling over a career decision I have to make. Briefly on background: I did 2 years ibd at a BB and left for a small/lower mm PE firm (been here ...
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Lateraling PE to PE With full time recruiting in full swing for PE Associates, I wanted to see if anyone on here has any experience lateraling between PE firms? I am looking for information more on moving from lower middle market to core middle market or middle market to upper middle market rather than information on ...
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MM Private Equity in NYWhat are the best MM Private Equity shops in New York? Would be helpful if anyone could comment on the below names in terms of prestige/culture/comp and also offer some new names. Some firm I've heard of: Lindsey Goldberg, American Securities, Vestar, Towerbrook, Tinicum, Crestview, Kelso. ...
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AMA: 1st Year Private Equity Analyst at a MF (KKR, BX, TPG, SLP, WP)Hey everyone - this forum has served me greatly over the past couple of years and so I thought I'd give back to the community. Given the lack of info on PE Analyst programs on WSO, I thought it would be helpful if I started an AMA. More info on myself: graduated from a target school and currently ...
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Reaching Out to a New Company after Accepting an OfferI am a senior in college and accepted a return offer from the company I interned with a few months ago. I recently came across a job opening at a PE firm I've always wanted to work at for though and am now frustrated that I didn't get the chance to apply. What would happen if I emailed the PE firm ...
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Private Equity & Asset Management (Licenses & Designations)Hello Everyone. I was wondering if anyone knows the licenses (Series 7, 63, etc.) and/or designations (CFA, etc.) that are "required" to work in and/or be the head off (CEO or Chairman) a private equity and/or asset management firm? The internet hasn't provided much insight on this topic, but I'm pr...
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Private Equity recruiting in the Middle EastHi does anyone have an idea on how the recruiting process works for PE firms in the region? who are the biggest recruiters? any leads on some headhunters? I am looking for an analyst position in the UAE/KSA ? I have a 1-2 years experience in PE ...
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Company Review: Bain Capital - Very satisfiedCompany is great and have very interesting work, much better than advisory and work better hours. Love it.. Still process oriented and lots of work similar to investment banking but better hours pay is better and more interesting....
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Venture Capital Salary versus BB and Private EquityHi everyone. I wanted to get some candid advice from all of you about a job I'm thinking about taking. It is a VC role at a top-tier firm. I'm being directly hired as an associate (so I'll skip the two-year analyst role). My only concern is that I believe that the salary is slightly low. I'll basica...
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Where is the excel file for PE Interview Guide???I've purchased the PE interview guide, but where is the excel file accompanying it??? Can someone help???...
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Company Review: Warburg Pincus - Decent InternshipWork hours were decent: clock in at 9am and usually out at 6 or 7. Commands respect when prospecting deals. Easy to get meetings, even as an intern.. Boss didn’t really care about giving guidance. Feedback usually came towards end of a deal which meant that there was mad dash to get things done la...
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Company Review: Blackmore Partners - Some money blackmoreGood experience, looks good on your resume , you have some flexibility, people you work with are not bad. Management is not great, pretty narrow minded, over ruled oftently, senior associate has no clue what is going on most of the time...
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Submitting a New Job Application After Accepting an Offer? Too Late to Renege?Many people have posted about continuing to recruit after signing, but what about actively submitting new applications? For further context, I'm a senior at a target who accepted a job at a consulting firm (below MBB level) a few months ago. I recently decided that my ultimate goal is to go into PE...
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American SecuritiesHi All- Looking for some information on American Securities- specifically: 1) Lifestyle 2) Placement into Bschools (H/S/W/other M7) 3) Culture Would love any thoughts on their strategy resources group in addition to the investment side if anyone has a perspective. Appreciate any context you cou...
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Interview Financial Analyst at Partners Group AGHello, Has anyone ever interviewed with Partners Group before ? Do you have any feedback regarding the recruitement process? They told me it is going to last 5 hours and I am going to meet 5 different people. There is also a 90 min case study....what does this involve? Is it a financial modeling te...
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Senior Associate Interview - Questions?I have a Senior Associate interview coming up in January. I worked as an Associate before b-school. Does anyone have any information on what kinds of questions to expect at this level that might not be asked at the Associate level? Either in general, technical/process, or questions on deals I wor...
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Company Review: Marlin and Associates - Overall mediocre pay; but great culture- Great pipeline of deals - Flat structure - Hours not too bad - if working on deal, can be 90+ hours / week; if not, can get out at 5pm. - Limited upward mobility - Lack of company vision for future - Pay is slightly below market, especially for juniors...
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Corporate Banking to VC/PE?I am having trouble breaking into investment banking from consulting and landed a corporate banking role. It might be my only door into finance. I really want to get into VC or PE one day and am okay with small shops, not aiming for bulge brackets or prestigious PE shops. Would any of the routes be...
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Women / Minority owned Private Equity firmsBeen lately hearing about the performance and growth of minority / women led PE firms, but haven't heard much about culture pros/ cons etc. What are some established firms out there, reviews etc? ...
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Equity Research to Private Equity - Does it happen?I'm working in Equity Research at a BB (MS/GS/JPM) for my summer analyst stint in the coming summer. As time progresses, I am realizing more and more that I could enjoy PE/VC down the road. I do have a passion for public markets but the opportunity in earlier stage PE or VC is exciting and is someth...
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Company Review: Tenaska Capital Management - Avoid at all cost...(1) Small team which can give you a chance to really know the executive team on a more personal level. This will highly depend on fit. (2) Pay is decent.. (1) Team does not have any capital to deploy. There may be Holding company level capital but not enough to be active in an industry that is very...
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lower MM lendersWorking on an add-on for a portfolio company (~$30m TEV). anyone have a list of lower MM lenders they are willing to share? Thanks!...
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Interest Expense Deductibility - How does this affect PE firms?Hey Monkeys, So if I'm not wrong, Trump's tax plan either removes or seriously limits the ability for businesses to deduct interest expense for tax purposes. (If anyone knows exactly what the change is, please do share it with the rest of us). My question to experienced folks is - how does this af...
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Thoughts about L Catterton? Throughout the entire PE recruiting process, I've been glued to MFs (largely because I don't know any better), but recently came upon a fund called L Catterton. Does anyone have any opinions/knowledge about the fund?...
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Career prospect in a PE platform companyHi all, I am currently in a mm M&A bank with 4 years experience. Interviewed with a mid tier PE company recently looking to hire and place an associate to one of its platform company. The job would be to lead acquisition efforts (due di/ valuation/ prep of IM) of 4-5 bolt on investments (c.$20m e...
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Alternative routes into PEAside from IB (and people who do PE right out of undergrad) where do the most private equity people come from? Is corporate development the next most common transition?...
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PE firms that take undergraduate interns?I am looking to complete an internship in private equity this summer. Does anyone have a list of solid shops that take undergraduate interns? ...
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IAmA Private Equity Intern, AMAHi all, I have never posted on WSO. But I have used the resources a lot, and would like to give back. I'd like to share my story, my background, and how I managed to secure an internship with a private equity. And I would be more than willing to give my opinion on how to best approach getting into ...
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Harren Equity and Quad-CAnybody know anything about these firms? How is deal flow this year? I am curious to hear anything about these two MM private equity firms....
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Experienced PE associate interview guideAny guides out there for experienced PE associates? I.e. recruiting for Senior Associate or even Post-MBA roles (called VP at some firms)? At this level interview process is till fairly structured e.g. CIM + 3/4 hour case with model and write up followed by discussion. Technicals can be far deeper a...
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CASE STUDY INTERVIEW TOMORROW IN SPECIAL SITUATIONS FUNDHow do I best prepare? This is the information I was given for a special situation fund private equity associate role: 2-3 Hour case study on a laptop 30-45 minute debrief Please help ASAP! Thanks!...
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Back Office M&A advisory to PE fund like BlackstoneHello, I will be joining DB as an analyst next year in the corporate finance division for M&A advisory. I would like to know if one can switch from the back office role to a P.E fund. And how frequent is the transition...
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Secondary Private Equity Funds CompensationWhat is the compensation for secondary private equity funds like HarbourVest, Coller Capital, GS PEG, AXA, Lexington Partners, ect for analysts and associates. Also, where do fund managers top out? Some of these places get pretty high returns so I wanted to know if they are making 2 and 20 like othe...
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Company Review: BlackRock - BLK. It's not BX Relatively low ego environment and overall very supportive of their people. Hours aren't as bad as other places. Lots of bureaucracy / politics. Need to navigate lots of red tape to get anything done. Unclear strategy...
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PE FOF or PE Direct?I have 2 offers for direct and FoF PE in London. In the medium- to long-term, I would prefer a career in direct because of the modelling and more quantitative nature. The FoF offer is from a firm that is the leader in secondary FoFs (~$60bn+ AUM and ~$40bn in FoF) and it is a 6-month opportunity an...
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Top-tier London PE firms with best culture?Ladies & Gents - the time has come: despite the job of a PE Associate/VP at the likes of Advent, H&F, Bain Capital, CVC, Carlyle, Apax etc. is intellectually stimulating, to be in this game for the long-term culture and sustainability are key. therefore, if you could pick any PE firm in London to op...
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PE Recruiting For Non-TargetsWith the PE recruiting process ramping up for IB analysts, I was curious to know some people's experiences with going through the process coming from a non-target undergrad. I managed to earn a solid GPA at a top 60 undergrad state school (think Penn State / Ohio State) and currently work FT in a BB...
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All that you have to think about the Trembolex Ultra! Have you folks at any point figured for what reason do you feel unequipped for lifting weights at the rec center when you cross the age of 30? Have you? No? Okay, not an issue! It's obvious, this generally comes to fruition because of the diminishment in your body's "Trembolex Ultra level". Indeed, ...
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Oaktree Capital Summer Internship???Has anyone interviewed or heard anything about Oaktree Capital's interview process for summer interns? I have an upcoming interview so anything would be greatly appreciated! ...
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Benefits of PE out of undergradI am a student at Wharton and I was wondering what are the benefits of doing PE out of undergrad? There are a few firms that recruit actively at Wharton (Silverlake, BX, Oaktree, LGP,etc.), and I was wondering if it would be better to start at one of these places over your traditional IB route. Also...
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PSP Investments - PE interview (Please provide advice)I've got a finance interview with PSP Investments (Montreal) soon. I was wondering if anyone has been through the process and can give me some advice or suggestions? i was told there will be a case study where I'm given 3-4 hours to prepare a presentation for the team. They didn't tell me if it's a...
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Leveraging Your NetworkNot relevant anymore. ...
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IFC - Recruiting ProcessAll, Any insights into the recruiting process at IFC? Applied to 3 different regional offices recently. The status on one of my applications has been displayed as "Long-Listed" and has shown this over the past 4 weeks. Not sure how long it usually takes them to short-list or turn down an applican...
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CPP Investment Board case studyI’m interviewing for an analyst position in the infrastructure team of the CPP Investment board and am due to do a case study next week. Does anyone have any advice/has anyone done one before? Also, does anyone have any idea about compensation there?...
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Brentwood AssociatesHey all - was hoping for someone out there who can provide an overview on culture, comp, focus, etc? ...
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Company Review: Apollo Global Management - PEI am happy at my firm. It has a great reputation and I have high responsibility and interaction with clients.. Though I learn a lot with my portfolio companies / new investments, I wish I had a better work life balance....
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Providence PE / PSGanyone had experience with either Providence PE or Providence Strategic Growth (PSG)? Interested to know about culture, people, deals, comp, business model (i.e. is PSG sourcing heavy?) Any information would be great....
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Company Review: Bain Capital - bain peculture/people . culture people pay job stimulating ...
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Carry in Family OfficeHi all, do you have experience on how to best structure a carried interest plan within a family office (1 LP investing all private money)? My contract says I will participate in a carry model under standard market conditions - no details yet. I did not have to pay in any money into this. The con...
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Company Review: ontario teachers pension plan - Teachers' - Nice but can be improved.Teachers' Pension Plan offered a large amount of institutional knowledge, with the human resources available to assist if needed. Teachers' also had a large amount of interns across all divisions which allowed you to meet a variety of people with different backgrounds.. Teachers' is extremely bureau...
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Principal Investment groups at BBs—background, exit opps, comp, etc?Hi all, Curious about the work that teams such as GS Principal Strategic Investments and JPM Strategic Investments do. Would a FIG IB background be helpful for these roles? Is the work comparable to corporate VC/growth equity (maybe like Paypal's fintech VC arm) and a respected exit opp post-bankin...
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Lightyear CapitalFellas, Does anyone have insight into Lightyear Capital as a PE exit opportunity? Looking for guidance in terms of: * Culture * Compensation * MBA Opportunities * Prestige Many thanks!...

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