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Reading List for Intellectual Killers

Elite_Bulge

Recently there was a thread on what books one should read to assist in the development of a successful career in finance. I strongly believe in balancing your library with pure "finance books", pleasure reads, and classics, with a strong bias towards the classics. You will learn about...

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Private Equity Resume Template - Official WSO CV Example

WallStreetOasis.com

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

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Developing the "It Factor" as You Progress in Career - What Puts High Performers on Another Level?

Pro Forma

Something I've been thinking a lot about recently is if I have (or if I can develop) the mental "it factor" that I see among so many of the top VPs, Principals, and Partners at my firm and others. I'm not talking about internal drive or ability to multiply three digit numbers...

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Need to find an internship

dckrrish389

Hi Currently I am going to practice, but I still have not found an internship who can help me? Thank you very much for your help...

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Preparing for a VC case study - Guidance needed.

janene

I have had a look around the forums and for some public materials, but I'm kinda at a loss. My previous experience is at a Fintech startup, so I have equipped myself with some accountancy and cursory modelling skills. I am being interviewed by a smallish VC which focuses on up to series A round inv...

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Retail-focused PE

Rondo12

Monkeys: I was wondering if anyone could share info on the leading boutique players for the retail/consumer buy-side. I am looking to learn more about specialist funds that are retail exclusive or (at least semi-exclusive). Would love to hear about key firms, deal strategies, life at the associate...

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Thoughts on H.I.G. Capital (NYC)?

chels0192

Last thread on the fund was a few years back, does anyone have updated insights on HIG PE in NYC? Thanks in advance....

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IB or $200M PE Fund out of UG?

SlipperyWhenDry

I'm in an interesting situation and I was hoping that some of you WSO members could lend me a hand. In Summer 2017 I interned at a small PE fund (three employees, $100M fund at the time) after sophomore year. I really enjoyed my time, but due to the fact that I wasn't graduating for two years I re-...

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Help - Private Credit Associate Interview - What questions to expect and how to prepare for it?

you_get_the_dream

Hello Guys! I have an upcoming interview for a Private Credit Associate position. Any advice on what questions to expect? I was told that there will be technical questions and a case study/modeling. What are some good resources to help prepare for it? Many thanks!...

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How to prepare for infrastructure private equity internship?

calistudent

First internshp, joining a boutique infrastructure PE firm for the summer. No real finance experience to speak of. Was wondering what the best way to prepare is? Specifically how to model infra assets Thanks...

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Post-interview follow up email

Timmy00001

Ho everyone. I had an intetview with two directors at a midcap PE firm, and I am still waiting. As someone of you here might have experienced, it’s kind of hard to just keep on waiting and so I thought of sending a thank you email and express my interest for the position once again. Meanwhile,...

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Best path of action to join a mid size PE firm - coming from an Analyst position at a hedge fund

BlueElement

I was hoping to gain some advice on the best path of action. **Goal** - to join a mid-size PE firm and work as an analyst and ideally have the opportunity to work on the executive team of one of the portfolio companies at a point. (not just stuck behind excel 60hrs a week). **Where I am now** - An...

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Investing as a PE associate

blahh23

Anyone have any information on whether or not you are allowed to invest on your own as a PE associate? (in individual stocks, funds, etc.) Obviously there are a lot of restrictions in IB on investment accounts and was wondering if the same type of restrictions still exist. Thanks!...

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IB Coverage to Distressed Shops?

sj592

Hey guys, I'm joining a traditional BB industry group after graduation. I want to recruit for distressed shops such as Oaktree, APO, and the likes as I am more interested in these strategies than vanilla PE. I understand these teams recruit from Rx and generalist IB groups. What's the best way to po...

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Lack of Modeling

wso5305

Secured a FT offer in a group that is known as the top group in the bank. Strongest deal flow and hardest group to break into. Only issue is that they don't model. Goal is MM PE. Do I need to look at lateraling to another group based entirely on the fact that my group doesn't traditionally run with ...

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U.S., Europe, and Asian multiples for tech startups

zennan

Hello everyone, I am working on some project and was wondering if you guys know what the general multiples for AI or tech startups is currently at for the startup industry? I would love it if anyone knows segmented by geography (e.g. Americas/U.S., Europe, Asia...) Thanks monkeys!...

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Why don't more women go into PE?

PE123456

Team pages have like 2-3 women max. Are the women in analysts programs just not pursuing PE and opting for Corporate roles instead ? Can anyone share their experience or those of your female friends and the paths they take after their IB stints ?...

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Top Candidate Preference

PS21

Hi all, Curious about what the general top candidates’ preferences are in private equity (from IB). How have you seen your peers decide where they want to target. My impression is that it’s a combination of fund size, fund performance, prestige, office location, and the associate program. Def...

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Thoughts on BC Partners / Apax

ilovemoney

Thoughts on these two firms? Was deep in the process with both over the last 2 days and have final rounds coming up. Comp, hours, and career progression? NY office. Please help. I need to know asap....

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Bored of PE, what next?

peburner2018

Hi all, Posting under a burner account. Basically have been working in PE for the past 3 years or so, started at a small fund which has grown decently over the past few years. We're still small, ~$500AUM, but good performance from early funds, good LPs, and line of sight to at least a few more fund...

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Why does PE require an MBA? Wouldn’t it require you to halt your life if you started working then left for 2 years to get MBA?

bugssi

In banking you can be promoted to an analyst from within and an MBA is no longer necessary. However, in PE you need an MBA it seems no matter the experience. Why is this the case? You’d have minimal income for 2 years while you pursue an MBA, am I wrong? Please enlighten me as I am not super know...

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option to purchase

choubix

Hi guys, We are looking at making an investment in a promising company which could become quite strategic for us in the future. At the moment we are looking at making an equity investment and we could consider an option to purchase. Where could I get some information on how to price & structure th...

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What sort of Case Study to expect from MM/LMM FO focusing on Growth Equity & Debt Capital?

moneytrail

As title suggests - in interview process with a (L)MM FO focusing on Growth Equity & Debt Capital. Was wondering what sort of case study to potentially expect? Since i dont expect them to be doing leveraged buy outs presumably LBO will be out of question unless its a Paper LBO type all equity transa...

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Main Post Partners

Broseidon1

How is the reputation of Main Post Partners ? Senior guys look like they have a strong background. Curious how the MBA placement will be....

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LMM Growth Equity Preparation

wso5305

Recently accepted a spring internship at a small growth equity shop, I'm really excited about the opportunity and I was wondering if anyone has recommendations for reading material ahead of my start date. Books, news sources, etc. ...

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Independent Sponsor advice

SmileChimp

I want to become an independent/fundless sponsor for a dental rollup. I'm currently on the sell side as a dental business broker, and I've been a dental operator in the past. I'm thinking my experience is lacking to raise a fund; however, I want to take down 5-20MM in EBITDA through a collection o...

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Legals in PE

GoodwillHunt1ng

Long-time reader, first time poster. I'm an analyst at an MM PE shop in London, current fund c£500m. Enjoying the job and all going well but have noticed that a particular weaknesses is my knowlegde of the relevant legals around transactions. This is tough to learn on the job as the only exposure ...

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Questions to ask during interview for new fund

slothsloth

Hey everyone, so I am currently interviewing at a newly formed fund. Made it past HR and case study round and am now going to meet the VP of the team. What questions should I ask this person to make sure the fund is legit? Some that I have thought of: - Who are your institutional backers? - What is...

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Master Thesis - Reasearch

Rorshak21

Hi everyone! I am turning to you guys today because as a last year student in a target business school in France, I have to redact a thesis to finish my Master. I have been interning for more than a year in finance (French system of gap year) doing M&A in France, PE in London and finally M&A as a ...

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Special Sits PE Case Study Example

Matrick

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

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Private Equity LP marketing list for sale

pantera1978

PE placement agent looking to assist others in raising capital. Looking to sell my global LP list. Investors include 4,000 endowments, foundations, pensions, insurance, family offices, multifamily offices, sovereign wealth, RIA's and HNWs. These LPs have invested in VC, Growth, Debt, and Buyout....

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Two-Year Sabbatical/Break from PE

spinyourwheels

I’m a Senior Associate at a MM PE fund in my mid-20s. I enjoy what I do, but want to try something different. I’ve had an entrepreneurship bug as far back as I can remember, so this would be the most logical place to jump, for me. Chances are I’ll fail. I’m quite realistic about the probab...

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Working for a Job Title

ThatOtherGuy

Would like to get people's thoughts on this. My work allows me to work closely with a number of our portfolio companies and for those that don't have dedicated finance functions, I can see myself working up to CFO-level responsibilities or at very least to a strategic finance capacity. If I were to ...

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Israeli Growth Equity intern vs. U.S. Venture Capital intern??

Zen.Monkeys

Hello everyone, I recently received offers for a summer internship from an Israeli Growth Equity firm ($1bln - $4bln AUM) and a small venture capital firm in my local city in the U.S. ($400mil - $600mil AUM). Not quite sure which one to take or will provide me a better opportunity in the future? ...

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iamaninnovator9353421

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog....

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Roark Comp?

high hopes

Anybody have ballparks or numbers for Roark in ATL for associates, senior associate and VP level? There seems to be minimal comp info on WSO here, mostly at the analyst level. ...

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Estimating working capital for a company on cash basis accounting

BEEFSECTIONAL

I just started a role in corp dev for a firm that owns/operates medical practices. Almost all of the targets we look at are on cash basis accounting so we have to estimate seller working capital. Since there is no AR/AP on cash basis balance sheets, we typically estimate AR by asking the seller how ...

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Baring Private Equity Asia - Reputation?

BankingXYZ

Hear that they recently had a $4.5 billion first close. Anyone aware of their reputation in the Asian PE landscape? Certainly can't be too bad with a first close like that, but how would they compare to American / European megafunds in the region? Thanks in advance all!...

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PE salary straight from undergrad

bleudevils

Since it is rare to land a PE gig straight out of undergrad, I've had a bit of difficulty finding numbers on this. How much would a recent grad make at 1. a middle market PE firm in a city like Atlanta / 2. a top firm (Silver Lake/Blackstone)? Is it basically impossible to break into a top PE fi...

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Bregal Partners Full-time Analyst

Adams-Smith46

Anyone knows what's going on with Bregal's full-time recruiting process? Had a first round with them but haven't heard back yet...

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I have a SA phone interview with a PE firm (BX/KKR/Apollo) for Real Estate

goldsjp

I have a phone interview for a summer analyst position with a PE firm (think of BX/KKR/Apollo) for Real Estate, does anyone have any tips on how to prepare for the interview? I'm a sophomore from a non-target. ...

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Main Post Partners Job Posting

hdittman

Main Post Partners, a consumer-focused growth equity firm, is seeking an Analyst to join its investment team in early 2019. Firm Overview Main Post Partners is a San Francisco-based private equity firm with deep experience investing in growth companies across the consumer value chain. In November ...

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P and C Insurance / Transformational Chief Informaition Officer

Stitmoc

Are there private equity firms, focused on insurance, who need deep Transformatioal technology leadership to support their work and portfolios?...

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PE Analyst Secondaries -> Direct Investing PE Associate

Chicago60007

Hey everyone, Wanted to get opinions on moving from PE secondaries to direct investing. I am interviewing for a 2 year role for a PE analyst for MM secondaries market at a well-known brand. I was wondering coming out of this, will I be able to recruit for direct investing PE associate roles with ad...

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IPO vs M&A in a Private Equity Exit

turkishbanker

Hello everyone, I have read that an IPO exit usually yields higher returns compared to an M&A exit for a private equity firm. Does anyone know the reasoning behind this? Thanks!...

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Alternative Data in Private Equity

canada_money

I am curious to hear to what extent PE funds are making use of alternative data, or how firms are using analytics in their due diligence process? Given the role that increased data, analytics, etc. is playing in the rest of the finance industry, has this trickled into PE as well?...

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VC commitment to the fund

Diana-Vivaldi

I am a senior employee at a VC firm, but not a GP, and I am being asked to contribute to the GP commitment into the new fund. I get ~2% of the carry in the new fund, and I am asked to contribute ~1% of the GP commitment "to create alignment". I believe in the firm, but I’d rather not have my res...

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Small-Cap PE Analyst vs MM IB

MoneyMakerIB97

Hi, what do you guys think about an analyst position at a smallcap PE firm (...

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Capital One or small PE

juliehe1

Hi, son is a junior. He has two intern options right now. Capital one corporate finance and a PE startup with 15 people. Can any one tell me which one will have bigger earning potential down the road? Right now the starting is 85k~ vs 50k+25k bonus. Honestly son is not the type that can climb the...

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Growth equity straight out of undergrad vs BB TMT

Keepingitreal

What are your thoughts on joining a top Growth equity shop out of undergrad (20B+) AUM vs joining a top group for TMT banking, straight form undergrad top target? Thanks...

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Help a High schooler out Please

SaraTCM

I'm a hs junior who was recently told by a school career test I'm a good match for a career in IB or PE. I know next to nothing about it, but the job descriptions sound really interesting (and so does the salary). I'm planning on going to USC for business anyway and I would really like to explore th...

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Really?? Carried Interest Offer in Top-Heavy $30m VC Fund

jwwilson11

Just got an offer to join a $30m venture fund as a VP with 1% carry. The problem: GP carry allocations are distributed among to the two "founders" of the fund, which are only involved lightly-- no day to day sourcing or evaluation-- mostly just a voice in the investment committee. The main GP ...

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Credit PE vs. traditional PE

VMC16

I'm currently working at a traditional PE firm, and was reached out by headhunters on a few opportunities regarding the private investing arm of credit/special situations firm focused on distressed long-only PE and special situations lending. I didn't find much information on credit PE funds, so w...

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What should be my job strategy here?

Binary_Noise

I'm a Senior at a moderately large but highly ranked state school (still a non-target I think). In the long term I would like to work within PE or at a Hedge Fund. I just received an offer from a very small (...

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Strategic Advisors on Deals

thibautl

Hi all, I was wondering as a junior pe analyst, how do you generally go about searching for relevant strategic advisors for a given industry? Other than searching for advisors on precedent transactions on MergerMarket and CapitalIQ, are there any more reliable sources out there which are more cons...

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Maximum exposure/ overcommitment

namo9922gmail.com

Hello everybody, just a short question: Why is the maximum exposure of most private equity funds only around 60-90%? I can see the use of overcommitment in order to maximise the exposed capital, but besides some "security" aspects these low rates of maximum exposure don´t make sense to me. I know ...

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Small PE FoF / Co-Invest vs. Large PE FoF

chezparadise

Hi all, Would appreciate people’s thoughts on these two great opportunities that have offered me positions as Analyst / Sr Analyst 1) ~5Bn AUM PE FoF strategy, with 40-50% co-investments, with primarily FO and sovereign capital. Great small team of talented individuals (ivy undergrad and/or HBS)...

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Are we in a new Family Office bubble?

Bullet-Tooth Tony

Maybe I'm just cynical, but at my MM, we have rarely seen family offices compete for deals in auctions and it seems there are more and more being formed weekly, if not daily. I'm astounded at how much capital is now going into the market to try and compete with traditional PE and strategics, particu...

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Got promotion to Senior Associate at a growth equity firm - should I stay or leave?

SushiShop

Recently got the promotion to Sr. Associate (at my 2-year mark) at tech-focused growth equity shop with less than 5 investment team members, and we are about to start raising a new ~$125mm fund (meaningfully larger than our first fund). The raise they gave me was only modest as we are capital const...

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Fengate (real asset PE)

CU04

Hi guys: Has anyone crossed path /know anything about Fengate (real asset PE shop based in Canada) please? I've read their website but curious on any inputs on culture, how it's like to work there, etc. Thank you...

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Thoughts on PE Analyst -> PE Associate Track?

sffinance321

I'm currently a second year analyst and an opportunity for a PE shop has come up where I could potentially join as an analyst. I would be giving up my bonus but this will let me explore something completely different and a lot more interesting on the buy-side. One caveat is that this position is hea...

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Do private equity firms hire undergrads?

artmonkey

Is it true that famous private equity firms like KKR, Black Stone, Apollo, and others recruits at undergrad level? If so then what kind of College do they recruit? Private Equity out of undergrad Private equity firms do hire undergraduates. However, there are usually only a handful of undergra...

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Is Search Fund Experience Valuable?

Kino Collected

How is Search Fund internship experience looked by Investment banks and Private equity firms? I have work on a few lbo models, build three statement models, work with brokers for finding deals and evaluating CIMs....

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How long did it take you to land your offer?

sffinance321

I have gone through a handful of rounds for private equity ranging from 1st round to final rounds and have come short every time. This has become a frustrating time for me and it is only making me lose track of the end goal as the entire recruiting process is wearing me down. I am a second year at ...

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Favorite Distressed LMM Plays

m_1

Can I get some case studies/examples of everyone's favorite distressed lower middle market plays? Bonus points for anything in consumer. ...

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Recruiting for Private Credit vs Private Equity?

Monkey_Chimp23

For those of you who have had to make the decision to recruit for either private equity or private debt, what made you choose your decision, did you do both, one or the other? Ex. Would you rather do Ares Direct Lending or Ares PE...

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