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VC recruiters in LondonCan anyone recommend any recruiters in London that specialise or have a strong focus on VC? I'm a junior lev fin analyst looking to move across if anyone has any tips / advice too. ...
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Private Equity consultant interviewwhat kind of questions do you think a private equity consultant would ask in a 15 min skype interview? This is likely the final round of interviews in a smaller company. ...
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Blackstone Portfolio Management Program (PMP)Does anyone have any info in regards to this program? Not much information online and wanted to get a better understanding of what the experience would encompass. The idea I get is you rotate at different PE portfolio companies and work with senior executives on high impact areas.. wondering if anyo...
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GIC Direct Investment GroupCan anyone comment on GIC's PE division? How does it compare to other traditional LBO funds? Do they really only take minority stakes / co-invest? How would an associate role at GIC position you for other PE roles further down the line? Also, if anyone has insights on the interview process, would ap...
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Goldman Sachs - Review - GeneralistGood access to some smart people and interesting companies/opportunities. General perks of being at a reputable and well established firm. Pay is below some other groups/competitors. Heavy focus on making analysts do boring administrative work....
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Madison Dearborn vs. GTCRObviously 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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Portfolio Tracking for Angel FundHey guys, I work for an angel fund that's looking for better ways to track portfolio performance. In the past they've tracked it with rudimentary reports in Excel, but I'm looking to beef it up in order to make it more useful and user friendly. I'd prefer to keep it in Excel and not go with an onli...
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Co-investments -> M7 MBA -> Direct PE?I'm starting at an M7 MBA program after 3 years of secondaries/co-investment experience this fall. Although I know how much of an uphill it will be, I'd like to move into direct PE post-MBA. Given the exposure I have currently, I do have some contacts at some of my target firms and will try to lever...
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Fosun International - Review - Mergers and AcquisitionsGreat exposure, great deal flow, nice environment, friendly and supportive colleagues, systematic growing path. Low salary, long working hours, high work load, not that good fame, complicated internal structures....
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Freshman Summer Internship Opportunity PWM vs Search Fund Internship for getting into IBHi Everybody, I'm currently a Freshman at a flagship state school (Think UMich, UVA) working for a search fund. My boss told me that I need to decide now whether to stay with him for the summer or whether I"ll be interning at a different place (most likely a BB PWM role) this summer. I've had a goo...
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REPE in London/EUROPEWhat are the best/most prestigious/best paying REPE funds in London/Europe? Glad to hear some numbers about comp and some insight into profiles of those professionals. What would be the best stations pre experience e.g. best RE Banking groups for the exit? Many thanks ...
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Audax Group - Review - Private EquityGreat learning experience and given great deal of responsibility at early point in career. . As others have noted, hours can be brutal. This seemed to be less of higher level employees forcing this and more of just something that is inherent in the buy and build model. ...
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Apax Partners - Interview - GeneralistWhen interviewing for the technology group, I was given a case study involving an insurance brokerage company, which threw me off guard. The case study was given as a business description, and a final question of "Would this be a good LBO target?" it's meant to be interactive. The case gave you mult...
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Venture Capital Principal Compensation at Large FirmsHello Everyone, How much does a principal (partnership track) make (cash, bonus, carry) in a large venture capital firm (AUM $10B+)? Appreciate any color. Thanks!...
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Blackstone Group - Review - Private EquityGreat team environment, Exposure to MDs on regular basis, Better hours than IB, Chance to see lots of different deals from lots of different industries, Good training program to start summer.. Not many, maybe office building didn't have as many perks as some BB's? Other than that can't really think ...
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Value creation deconstruction in LBOsHi guys, One question I have encountered in the past is to analyze the value creation of an LBO. My first thought on this was to deconstruct the IRR or MOIC to see how each individual value driver (I would say the main ones are a) multiple expansion, b) operational improvements like margin growth o...
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HIG Capital - Review - Private EquityWork environment is fairly entrepreneurial whereby you can step up a "level-above" title wise to take on additional responsibility if you've demonstrated sufficient skills. Allow for faster learning curve / experience building than some more rigid structures. Can be somewhat (overly) political at ti...
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JPMorgan Chase - Interview - Real EstateThere weren't many unexpected questions. Obviously be prepared to know your resume inside and out, as well as, why J.P. Morgan and why real esate. You'd be amazed how many kids struggle with those answers. Aside from fit questions I'd say it was about half technical. Know the qualitative assessments...
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E&Y TAS to PE/IB IndustryHi Everyone, I got an offer from EY TAS team Manager Level 3. I wonder will EY experiences helpful to switch to PE/IB in 2 years? My skill set focuses on Financial Modeling/Data Science/Operation Research. Ex-Accenture consultant and Morgan Stanley WM data scientist. ...
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Dividend Recaps for Smaller Companies?Has anyone seen dividend recapitalizations done for smaller/younger companies with EBITDA between $500,000 - $1.5M? ...
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How long should a deal recommendation be? Early stage VC asks for cover letter, resume, and deal recommendationJust curious how long a deal recommendation should be? I know what content to put in (management team, financing & metrics, market, biz model & strategy, competition, etc.), but I don't know how long it should be for the purpose of this application. Should I make a deck or just a one pager PDF? Tha...
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Antares CapitalAntares Capital (formerly GE Capital) - Can anyone tell me what compensation is like for an analyst? LIfestyle? Trajectory within the group? Exit ops? Thanks!...
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Remote Growth Capital / Venture Capital pro bono jobHi everyone, To put things into perspective, probably best to give you a bit more background. I am a former M&A banker now working as a Senior Associate for a mega fund. For reasons I have explained in another thread, I am considering a move to another PE fund in the short-term. I have had the chan...
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Private Debt > Private EquityMy background is two years BB investment banking (levfin) and 1 year as an associate at a large private debt fund ($20bn AUM, invest in 1st lien, 2nd lien, mezzanine, preferred/common equity) . My question is how difficult is it to switch to private equity from private debt?...
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LBO on a $15,000 Website?Kind of an interesting thought here...I buy websites on a regular basis, usually hold them for some period of time (3-5 years) and then sell them after that period of time. I usually sell them when I get tired of working on them rather than when I have locked in a solid profit. I focus on websites w...
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The Abraaj Group - Review - Private Equityexperienced team, learned a lot since I joined heavy pipeline with deals in different sectors pay is in line with market. - Zero communication - Very bad HR management - Priority given to some people over others - Hard to communicate with top management - Lot of experienced people but lot of u...
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Silicon Valley Bank - Interview - GeneralistThis interview although professional was not the most formal interview I have ever had, the company has a more of a start up/ American flare to it. We went through the process as should but the minute I got there in my suit and realized my interviewer was wearing a jumper and jeans. Needless to say,...
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Infrastructure or Real Estate PE?Hi all, I've recently managed to land some PE internship offers in the areas of Infrastructure and Real Estate. I'd like to ask for some opinions between the 2 different fields, which one should I go for? Previously, I was in back-office finance in real estate and consulting before transitioning to...
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What happened at The Abraaj Group?Can someone please explain how did we go from the top investor in growth markets to the state we are at now? everyday a new article comes out damaging our reputation ...
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Venture Capital Timed testAll - I have a interview for a VC firm coming up that was defined as a '2-hour test which will contain a compilation of excel, powerpoint, reading comprehension, and writing skills'. Does anyone have any insight on what I should prepare myself for and what I will be looked to create. I would assume...
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I'm a VP in MM PE, ask me anythingI'm a VP in MM PE, ask me anything. Interview prep questions, industry questions, etc. etc. ...
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Morgan Stanley - Review - Private EquityVery few pros overall. Prestige from the name is really the only go to factor that differentiates the group . Poorly managed, under paid, very little upward mobility, too much politics, and I didn't get to do the job I was pitched for ~10 months...
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National Home Rentals - Interview - Real EstateWhy private equity? Why real estate? What would you bring to the table on day 1? We understand that there will be a learning curve, but what are some skills from your prior experience that are directly transferable? This question was most challenging for me as I had to justify why I want to make a s...
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any way to get involved with Y Combinator, Sequoia, Andreessen Horowitz etc as an undergrad ? Hi, I was just wondering how an undergrad student can become involved with firms above without starting a company and getting funded by them. Beside getting funded by them or working for their portfolio companies, are there any other ways students can get involved ? like campus ambassador ? write fo...
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Putting to rest the question of exits from foundationsI'm trying to put this to rest once and for all. If you work at a top 20 Foundation (>$5bn AUM), what are your exit chances to the following? I am looking for low/medium/high as well as any color commentary on if going to bschool makes switching easier. -Impact Investing -Infrastructure PE -Tradit...
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PE Interview Question: What is the most important piece of information about a company (if you had to select one thing)? How would you guys think about answering the question below: What is the most important piece of information about a company (if you had to select one thing)? I know that you can answer this question in a variety of ways, but wanted to see how you guys would answer the question. Thanks!...
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Constellation Software in Canada ?Any one has info on constellation software in Canada? I'm interested in their M&A/Investment group. what's the exit opps, comps and most people I see on linkedin came from consulting lol. Do they give returns to summer interns ? Thanks. ...
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How does MBB decide which PE funds can be clients? MBB’s ringfence seems to always be sold out and constantly have to turn down PE/HF clients for prioritized clients. It also seems that the usual clients always get priority so the pool of PE funds MBB diligences is quite small. Just curious, how does MBB pick the PE clients they prioritize? Size? ...
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How Many Deals on Experienced ResumeHi, i'm currently a buy-side associate at a credit fund and my experience has included direct lending, asset-backed lending, secondary purchases, preferred equity, etc. In my 2+ years I have closed over 15 transactions, so I was wondering how many I should actually include on my resume? Is it work l...
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Follow-on investments in portfolio companiesHey everyone, Just wondering what happens in a scenario where say the company needs an equity infusion of $5MM for working capital requirements but not all investors are on board to invest that $5MM. My thoughts are that the possibilities are as follows: 1) Follow-on does not get made at all 2) Tho...
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Internship opportunity to chooseI'm a sophomore from UIUC majoring in Statistics and Agricultural & Consumer Economics. I have received an internship offer from Fund Services company in London, which I will be exposed to primarily regulatory product and valuation, and a Corporate Development internship offer from medium, or big, ...
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Insights on IFC ?How prestigious is the IFC? It has a great mission, very capitalistic in its truest since, moving capital to different industries. I love the idea of what the IFC is doing. They seem to employ accomplished, well-trained wall street types. From the outside, it looks like the Goldman Sachs of underdev...
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PE Offer: References from Current Employer Required?Just got offer for PE job - they've asked for references, but didn't specify if it should be from my current job (in investment banking): Is it expected that references should be from current employer? I would rather not refer them to anyone at my current job. I was thinking of giving references fr...
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Overview of Infrastructure Private EquityHello WSO, 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 WSO, and those threads that are created from time to time, are long...
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Cinven fund performance and cultureDoes anybody have thoughts on CInven fund performance (e.g. IRR/top quartile previous funds) and working culture at the office for Associate level? ...
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LBO Model PracticeCan I get some feedback on my new web-based LBO model, sharpelbows.co ? To my knowledge, this is the first of its kind, and my hope is that its helpful for IB Analysts, MBAs, and others to get quick directional guidance on an investment case. Looking for feedback on utility, scope, veracity, and ov...
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LBO Model for CoinvestmentsDoes anyone have an LBO model for a coinvestment they could share? If not, could anyone shed any light on any differences to consider between a coinvestment and traditional buyout LBO?...
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Top PE/VC Firms in NashvilleHey All, Hope everyone is doing well. I was wondering - does anyone have any experience or know of the top PE/VC firms in the greater Nashville area? I'm currently working in strategy/advisory/analytics at a top tech company in the NYC area (I'm ~mid-level with 10ish years of experience). My wi...
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Urgent Advice Needed - Accelerator to VC?Hello guys. About me, completing MSc in Life Science/Management at UK target, and graduated in Hard Science/Management from different target. Work experience is mainly in non-financial healthcare (currently a psychotherapist), but had a strategy internship with a leading broadcaster. Currently tr...
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GoBuyside Apt TestAnyone taken the GoBuyside aptitude test? What's been your experience with it? ...
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AM vs PE FoF for exits into Growth/VC or corp devI realize this topic seems to have been beaten to death, but I was wondering if anyone has experience (first hand or anecdotal) of people who started at a respectable AM (e.g. Putnam, Capital Group, AB) and subsequently moved on to do either some form of private investing (specifically growth or VC)...
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CFA+MS CS from Ivy League. Options?Hi Guys, A bit of background- I am currently working in JPMC NYC though in the tech side of things in CIB (Corporate Investment Banking) and have a Masters in CS from an Ivy League (Not sure if Ivy League makes a difference in the financial world as it doesn't in the tech world but just wanted to p...
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PE possible for JD w/ finance+startup work exp?For someone who is attending a top JD program (Stanford/Harvard) with ~2 years of work experience at an early stage VC as an analyst and another two years of startup experience (series A/B CFO), rusty/basic excel skills (diff kinds of models/VBA/macros .etc), what is the likelihood of getting a summ...
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Tasks of Summer PE Analyst as an undergradHello Monkeys, I am a current penultimate-year undergrad who has a Private Equity internship this summer. Since last summer I had an internship that wasn't very challenging since my superiors didn't have enough time to teach me what I didn't know, I was hoping to learn by myself how to do analysts w...
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Private Equity to Consulting?Does it make sense for me to go from PE to Consulting now? A bit of background on myself: I got a computer science degree in Canada, did a few years of M&A and have been in PE for almost two years now. My PE exposure is very limited on the portfolio management side, but heavily focused on transacti...
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Post MBA to PE - should I even bother?Hey there, I am a long-time lurker but I am looking for a bit of advice about my realistic options in PE post MBA. **Background** I have had a bit of an odd path to where I am now, so please bear with me. I went to a good, liberal arts school that is well-known regionally. Graduated with a doubl...
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Prudential Capital Group - Review - RestructuringHours are good considering pay, good culture, interesting and frequent deal flow (on origination side). Good people, good work life balance, good downside protection/job security, long term focus, good exposure early in career...
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How to Stall Exploding PE OfferHi All, How can you stall an exploding PE offer (exploding in 24 hours)? Need to buy time of 3 business days (plus 2 days on the weekend - so total 5 days). Would greatly appreciate serious responses only. Not a hypothetical scenario here. Thank you, A Hopeful Banker Chick **3/5 UPDATE: **...
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Mercer - Interview - Mergers and AcquisitionsThis was not entirely unexpected but there was a heavy focus on basic excel skills. A few questions were: SumProduct, CountA, YearFrac, keyboard short cuts, weighted average, etc. There were also industry related questions such as questions on healthcare reform, ACA qualifications, health and benefi...
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Energy Private Equity in HoustonWhat are the top energy private equity firms in Houston? Top in terms of reputation, size (AUM), prestige etc....
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Making Partner at a MegafundHi friends, I was wondering how people who are working at PE MF perceive the possibility of staying there long-term. Three main questions that come to my mind: (1) Is it an environment where you actually want to stay for more than +2 years given the constant pressure you are under? (2) Is it rea...
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UBS AG - Review - Generalistgreat great great great great Please describe all the things you dislike about working at this company. Again, if you are more of a "list-person", feel free to create a list of all the Cons.. have a good time Please describe all the things you dislike about working at this company. Again, if you are...
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Stay at BB (keep looking for opportunities) or go to no-name PE2nd year Analyst at a mid-tier BB. Wondering what exit opps are like out of a no-name PE shop (think $300m). Is it dumb to leave a name brand platform with a guaranteed Associate promotion in 12 months to take a buyside gig that may kick you out on the streets in 2 years with nothing recognizable on...
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TPG, KKR, Apollo & Co. moving into Impact InvestingTPG Growth has set up The Rise Fund (http://therisefund.com/), a PE/Growth Equity style social impact fund of $2bn, a year ago or so. In recent weeks there were news that KKR has registered for a Global Impact Fund and in 2016 Apollo has teamed up with the IFC, the private sector arm of the World Ba...
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CPP Investment Board - Interview - Generalist"Why did you not run for ___ position in student society?" I am actively a part of one of the largest student societies at a top-tier UK university, and never encountered any questions of this sort as other interviewers generally were 'satisfied' with the position I was holding. Thus this question c...
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Background Check - comparing unofficial to official transcriptsHey guys, so I messed up. I'm a senior in college, and I recently received a full time offer from an investment firm. This has been my dream job for as long as I can remember, but due to personal issues it has been very difficult to keep my GPA up. The problem is, the minimum GPA for the job was a...
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Models - Monthly or Quarterly / AnnualIf you have monthly financial data that is feeding into your model do you typically build your models with everything calculating monthly or just aggregate and have your model calculate everything quarterly or annually? And if you do calculate everything monthly, how in the world do you build the ...
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How to discuss deals experience when you dissented AGAINST an investment?I've seen a lot of advice on here, mainly for bankers, on how to talk about your *deals experience*. Coming from a corporate strategy role in tech, I don't have much deals *execution* experience, but in addition to building investment cases for some broader cases, I've been involved in disproving/li...
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Detailed income statement projection modelI’m curious to get everyone’s opinion on the amount of detail surrounding your income statement projections. Specially, what goes in to your revenues & expense build? ...
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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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Hamilton Lane - Review - GeneralistGood culture, camraderie. Everyone enjoys working here and is supportive. Younger folks are guided well.. Be clearer about where company is headed. If we are being aquired, we shouldn't be the last to know-- that is why people leave....
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BusDev - Private Equity. Is it worth it?Hey guys, I am taking an interview with a reputable middle market private equity firm for a pure business development role. I have some M&A experience under my belt, but am wondering what types of exit opps there are for this position. I don't want to paint myself into a corner where I am no long...
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Can a company survive perpetually under successive LBOs?Hey monkeys, I wanted to gather your thoughts on this question that has been recently asked to me. Many companies are experiencing succesive LBOs and I was asked if this could be perpetrated ad vitam æternam. Can the LBO be a form of long term control? I know this does not seem viable in practice, ...
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The rise of business development roles in the industry Hello, Just trying to pick up your brain because I'm going to interview with another small cap private equity firm for a business development role. I was wondering what internal/exit opportunities are to be expected. Is there room for qualitative strategy work in that role or its the Associate/VP t...
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Private Equity Interview Questions - A Complete Guide Hi guys, I have an interview next week in a PE shop in Europe (France), and I would like to know what kind of technical questions I should expect. I already searched in this forum, but it appears to me that there is no good topic for PE interviews questions. (If I am wrong, just tell me!) Perhaps...
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Advanced IQ Sound computer games**Advanced IQ** Sound computer games can get kids up and moving by giving them an approach to use there bodies to move the diversions. The fisher value brilliant cycle is an incredible amusement for more youthful youngsters. This is a beautiful bicycle that children petal through otherworldly ground...
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The Rohatyn Group - Interview - Private Equitythere we'rent any difficult or unexpected questions. You have to know your DCF inside out and not just say the basics. Try to show that you know more about Beta/Wacc/CAPM/CoC/EvEbitda multiples than the average person. Showing an enthusiasm and genuine interest about the emerging markets will also ...
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Private Equity to Commercial Banking?I work at an Upper MM PE fund and am in the second year of my Pre-MBA Associate stint. Prior to PE, I worked at an elite strategy consulting boutique (think LEK/Parthenon) doing PE DD work. I'm thinking about leaving the PE industry for a few reasons: * The job is much more about jockeying a pro...
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Citigroup - Interview - GeneralistAmazon pushing its nascent medical products business into a major supplier to US hospitals and outpatientclinics to effectively compete with distributors of items ranging from gauze to hip implants. 
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How much time do you usually have between IB and PE? Hey guys just a simple question, how much time off do you usually have between finishing up your IB job and starting your new PE job? Would be great to hear some people’s experiences on this. ...
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Pivoting to PE after INSEAD?I am considering moving to Paris long term. Does anyone have a sense for pivoting to PE from another job after INSEAD? I understand the difficulty in pivoting to PE post-MBA with no prior PE experience in the US, but I am wondering if it's any different in Europe coming out of INSEAD as an American...
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