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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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What does IVP mean on this forum?

dontbugme

It appears IVP has been tossed around to define either Institutional Venture Partners or Insight Venture Partners with the former being venture and the latter have a combination of venture, growth and equity. Is only one of them "IVP" and what are folks' thoughts on the two? I would be interested ...

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Golden Gate Capital in San Francisco ?

tomford1982

anybody has any insights on golden gate capital in san francisco ? comps, exit opps ,culture and etc. Thanks!...

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Current VC Intern - Ask me anything!

Jean Dutrou

I am currently working (long term internship) at a leading European VC fund. Graduated with an Engineering Bachelor this summer from a target school. The VC fund has around $1B AUM and is tech focused (no biotech). Feel free to ask me anything about the job, the recruiting and the opportunities I ...

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VC partner track ....without MBA???

PapaJohns

From my understanding most people get into VC after IB and then must get an MBA to move up.....but what happens if you decide for whatever reason you don't want to do an MBA?? Will smaller VC firms consider you for advanced "partner-track" positions? Do lots of doors open with a few years in VC?? Ca...

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Deals - What to look for

JGoodfellow17

All, I am new to the PE space and am an analyst while working through my MBA program. As I work in a small PE firm, our team here is extremely busy and I would prefer to not to have to be asking questions ALL of the time. When we receive potential deals, typically it's some type of PowerPoint/PDF...

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HIG Model Test

Jimpix 27

Anyone have insights on HIG Capital (NY office) for their Advantage Fund? I have a modelling test next week for Summer 2020 and would appreciate any tips or thoughts...

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Finding early to mid stage fundraising roles for pre IPO companies.

bobste

Hello, I am interested in finding companies looking for private placements fundraising. It doesnt have to be only early stage. My main focus is finding good companies with equity compensation that will value from my network. If there is a tech site or forum where this is more commonly discussed, I ...

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Atlas Holdings in CT

cglav

Have not been able to find much on these guys despite considerable growth in recent years. I believe the current fund is 3 billion, located in Greenwich. Can anyone provide insight on the Field Analyst program & recruiting process? Culture? Etc. ...

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Help Me Pick Between Two Very Different Options

wsoburner3

I'm sorry for using a burner account but I don't want to give anything away here. I'm current a banking analyst and I'm weighing three options for a new role next summer (2019). I would love to get input from more experienced folks as they're a little different. I think long-term I would prefer to w...

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Questions to PE recruiters?

CU04

Hi, I was wondering if there are any PE recruiters / headhunters on the forums please? I came from an unconventional background but have relevant industry experience (but not straight 2+2). In this case, what experience can I gain to make myself a more credible candidate? I'd really appreciate a cha...

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Evercore and Lazard NY Placement

SpecialK.TU

Just wanted to make a post to see how EVR and LAZ did this year in regards to PE placement. Thanks guys....

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Experienced associate/analyst job search discussion group

checkingin.

Having worked at a middle market PE firm, where there aren't many peers to trade notes with, pretty much since college, I wanted to see if there's interest in a job search discussion group. It'd be a group for anybody who has gone through or is going through associate or experienced analyst recruiti...

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Culture at Brookfield?

CU04

Hi guys, Anyone familiar with culture at Brookfield please? Looked at one of their postings online and there was a question on “in 150 words or less, tell us something unique about yourself”. Wanted to get a better sense of the group’s culture please. Thank you!...

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Info on CD&R / Centerbridge / Cerberus / Golden Gate / Onex

Kazimierz

If anyone has familiarity with the above shops past what is listed on websites, already on WSO, or in public pension documents, would be great. If anyone has had these guys in a sell-side process would be good to know what your impression was. Primarily concerned about b-school pipeline, deal experi...

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Sample /practice case studies?

CU04

Hi guys, Are there any books/learning resources on practice case studies please? I’m not asking for real ones but just ones we can do as practice before interviewing. Much appreciated if anyone can recommend a course or something. Thanks!...

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How real is the pigeonhole?

AtomicPenguin

Hey guys need some insight here: so I’m a second year analyst at a BB power group at the moment but have the opportunity to move internally to another group. They're just starting out a junior team at this office and so I’d work directly with a super lean vertical and closely with an MD. Thing ...

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Tiny PE firm or established PE fund of funds?

cone45

Quick synopsis: I don't like my current job so I'm interviewing at a small PE firm and a large PE fund of funds. Is it better to work at a small PE firm or a well-respected PE fund of funds? Company A is a small (20-person) PE firm that specializes in real estate debt. It is hard to find a lot of i...

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Venture Capital/Growth Equity Fund of Funds Exit Opps

wolframhead

Hi all, I'm graduating college this winter (BA in Econ from a lower top 10 public) and I'll be starting a full time at a venture capital fund of funds soon after. This past summer, I did an internship at a US equities active management firm with a fairly large AUM (but not particularly well known)....

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Impact investing - choices

FigLeaves

Hello everyone, The subject of impact investing hasn't been very prominent on this site so far, but maybe there is someone here who could help. I'm currently in M&A at a strong MM shop in a major city and but decided to abandon banking for international development / impact investing. I've secured ...

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Ironwood capital in Avon, CT

Tweek Tweak

Has anyone ever heard of this firm? I was looking at it for a summer internship after my sophomore year and was wondering if a place like this would help with BB IBD junior year internship recruiting. The only real reason I am thinking about this is that it is close to my house and i would not have ...

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Research

saikatesh1990

I am a beginner in this field. I want to gain enough knowledge on this before applying to b-schools and move on to a career in private equity or hedge funds. ...

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Fundamental analysis on securities trading business (please help!)

MBAinSearch

Hello everyone, So I need to do a fundamental financial analysis on a business that is 100% focused on trading in securities (they are not in market-making for clients, they earn small but consistent margin from arbitrage). This is essentially and investment fund. On the basis of my analysis we are...

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Should I give up on trying to move from tier two consulting to blue chip PE and instead shoot for banking?

Back 2 Banking

I'm a year and a half into the job and have been working so hard to break into PE from consulting, but it's not working. I'm wondering if it makes sense to just call the two years a wash, reach out to fellow alumni of my undergrad, and start over in banking as an analyst next summer. Will a reset b...

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Buy side tips

Merlo97

What kind o tips would you give someone who wants to work in the buy side? For instance in terms of internship/academia . In my particular case, doing a Msc Finance is absolutely necessary (poor undergrad brand). Which kind of master do you suggest to work there (I know, it includes a broad variety...

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Macquarie Capital vs Macquarie MIRA

SAallday

I have an option to either work as a SA in MacCap or Macquarie MIRA (their PE arm) in the real estate group. Which do you think is a better opportunity overall. I know they are known for infrastructure making me think MIRA is better but I am still a little torn. Long story how I got both offers but ...

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What is Canada comp like?

Bankerstreet

Hey everyone I just have a quick question about PE in Canada. What are the comps like at the big Canadian PE shops (Onex, Birch Hill, etc)? What are the comps like working at a PE arm of a pension fund? Is IBD or PE generally better in terms of long-term careers in Canada? Thanks...

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Two Output Variable Data Table?

BangoBim

Hello! I am trying to create a two-variable data table showing two output variables. I have never seen one before but believe it would be very slick. Here is what I am trying to do: Input variables would be hurdle rate and upside split. Output variables would be GP IRR and LP IRR. I am envisioning...

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Lost in my career (Advice needed)

dontbugme

I don't want to make a super long post but hoping to glean some advice from the forum given folks here are quite knowledgeable and helpful. Long story short, I was a typical monkey who thought he had his life together. I went to an upper ivy (HYPS) and then MBB for 3 years and then started a UMM P...

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BDCs Investing in Companies with Under $10M in Revenue?

m_1

Does anyone know of a BDC (pubco or not) that does deals with companies that have under $10M in revenue/between $1M - $3M in EBITDA?...

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Are any sourcing firms still interviewing?

Back 2 Banking

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Mainsail Partners - Culture, Comp, Work / Life Balance

Nearyl

Can 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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European Waterfall Compensation Expectations

PEbananas

Does anyone here work at a PE firm that has a European Waterfall distribution structure? AKA carry isn’t realized for the GP until the entire fund reaches carry, rather than individual exits. I’m wondering how compensation/bonuses are for a fund with a European Waterfall, considering the fund ...

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Corporate Venture Capital vs Independent Venture capital firms ?

silliconvalleydfsfasfs

what's the pros and cons of starting your career in CVC vs independent VC firms? Will having the brand name on your resume (i.e intel capital, comcast ventures and etc) help you to move to top VCs like Sequoia or Andreessen? or I'm better off starting at a independent VC shop with a good track recor...

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Innovating Deal Sourcing Funnel

Xepa

Hey everyone! I'm working at a corporate VC and am in the process of rehauling our entire sourcing process hahaha. Currently using Excel 365 with Power BI, and everything is so boggled down and slow and buggy it's terrible. So basically, in my ideal world there's a form where startups can enter the...

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Carry Timing

wellfunded

Two questions regarding how carry usually works at middle-market PE funds, particularly at the Sr. Associate / VP levels: 1. If you join a firm when the current fund is 50%+ invested, do you still get carry (assuming you otherwise would)? Is the amount typically reduced proportionally, or how does ...

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done!done!done!done!vvdone!

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HBS Search Fund Conference Today

SearchFund123

Using a throwaway here, though I am a consistent poster - anyone at the HBS search fund conference today (hosted at HBS) and want to connect during the networking cocktail hour? I am considering raising a search fund and am always looking to meet fellow monkeys. Thanks!...

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MM/LMM PE Recruting - 2019/2020

Lateral123

Anyone have any advise regarding who the best recruiters are to work with in the space? I'm currently at a MM bank in a regional office as a second year analyst with a few deals closed. The majority of deals being from $200MM-600MM. However, I was fortunate enough to work on a $2.5Bn sell-side that...

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Experience with Siris Capital?

Gowanus18

Anyone have exp with Siris Capital? Is this a high calibre / reputable shop? Currently an mbb consultant and being positioned by a recruiter for a role there. Had never heard of them. ...

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From HF to PE with no prior banking experience

Anonymous Monkey

Folks, Anybody has experience with moving from value investing HF to PE without prior banking experience? Went from no-name undergrad straight to HF thank to an unconventional background, but now 4 years in am looking to switch, but concerned about the structured pedigreed recruiting process for P...

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First job experience, PE/VC Tech Focus

theGodfather

Hi guys, first time posting here. First internship experience and have an interview with a little investment team, tech focus. I know the basics for IB interview, any advices on how to master a PE Interview where u should be tech oriented? thanks...

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Need help with a Growth Equity Sourcing Test

consultantburner

Hi everyone, Created a burner account for the sake of anonymity. I'm interviewing with a fund (think TA/Summit/GA/IVP) that asked me to source a few companies that fit these specific parameters: - $15mm Revenue - Double digit growth I have identified a few consumer, enterprise IT and securit...

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100-Day Planning Examples

startoutfresh

Hi fellow monkeys, I was tasked to lead the effort of drafting a 100-day plan for a new investment. Appreciate it if you can share examples/templates/recommended structures? My internet search didn't return much... Thank you in advance!...

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Startup Pitchdecks for Venture Capital

dbcr98989

Does anybody have a good example of a Startup Pitchdeck for VCs? Other than the ones you can find online. anybody mind sharing some of their own? Thanks! ...

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Calculating Investor Gross IRR where you have cash inflows before outflows

newmantim2006

We have a new fund (1 year old) which uses a revolving line of credit to fund investment purchases. We used the line multiple times before we called capital from Investors for the first time. Investors received distributions before they ever contributed capital. Because of this, there is no initial ...

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Canadian PE Phone Interview

xxyahhh

Hi everyone, I just got a PE phone interview from a Canadian PE fund. I knew that I had a weak background compared to other candidates (Did maths in undergrad + accounting in master + BIG 4 Acct Experience + 0 deal experience). I knew that my chance was not big. But still I want to do something. I s...

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Haven't heard back from final round interview?

sffinance321

I finished up a final round interview with a fund a couple weeks ago and I thought I gave it my best and got along with the team pretty well. Did think I could've done a bit better in some aspects, but for the private equity recruiting process, it always seems like all candidates can do better. It'...

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Fundless Sponsor Launch

IBDLM

WSO Members, I am launching an Independent Sponsor (Fundless-Sponsor) firm to focus on Lower-mid market deals in the US and Canada, and I was interested in receiving feedback from the community regarding interest in partnering with me on a part-time or full-time basis. I currently have a network of...

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IESE vs HEC MBA?

Adesanya-Oluwafemi

I have 7+ years in Oil and Gas and Power experience across Africa (operations and later advisory) and recently gained admission to IESE and HEC, ideally I would like to switch careers to PE firms that buy in Africa, what school best supports my ambitions and realistically how hard will it be?...

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Ares Credit / Direct Lending - NY

crookedhillary

What 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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Best Groups to Snipe Talent From?

m_1

Looking for recommendations on specific groups/firms I should be targeting to snipe talent from. We typically buy/invest-in companies with under $10M rev in the eComm/consumer brand space. We've been targeting an assortment of LMM firms because the BB guys have a skill set that is too different an...

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OTPP reputation

newkid2019

Hi guys: I'm curious if you've came across OTPP in the past please. Are they good investors? How are they regarded in the market in terms of investment rigor and investment judgement? I understand that in Canada, most PE firms are pensions, Onex, middle market; but how do these pensions differ from...

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Private Equity survey

MissD

Can anyone please help me with a short survey about private equity employees? [private equity employee survey](https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4662902/Finance-Employee-Survey)...

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2020 On-Cycle Recruiting Anecdote

banker832

On-cycle PE recruiting is a nightmare. Your sense of self-worth becomes tied to a result that is ultimately out of your hands. Rejection is inevitable and crushing. Remember this is a small step in your career and working in private equity is not actually that sick. From my understanding, it's a lot...

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2020 On-Cycle Recruiting Kicks Off

sledsonmyfeet

Looks like Christmas has come early this year...for some Rumor has it that the following firms have kicked off; post your observations below! * New Mountain * KKR * Centerbridge * Ares * Summit * Thoma Bravo * Apollo * TPG * Warburg Pincus * CD&R * Carlyle * AEA * Berkshi...

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Info on Bain Double Impact?

betaboi_1970

Seems like a really interesting fund that's been quite active since inception. Any insight on the associate experience? Level of technical work? Operational influence in portfolio companies? Sourcing relative to rest of work? Comp relative to more traditional funds?...

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Cold Emailing Into a VC Analyst Position

yungstrategymaster

I am a junior at a non-target and currently work in startup and SME consulting for a F100. We regularly work with local angels and venture capitalists to raise funding for our clients. This summer I will be interning at a local private equity/venture capital firm (1bn Aum), while also working part-t...

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Reaching out to school alums after headhunter shares name of firm with you?

Did I get ghosted

Say a headhunter said "Firm X is starting a process in two weeks, are you interested?" and I say yes, is it kosher for me to hit up an alum of my school and say "Hey, a headhunter contacted me about recruiting at your firm, would you be willing to talk about your experience there and offer any advic...

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30-minute case interview?

MusicCityBoer

So I have an interview with a smallish PE fund ($1.75bn AUM) tomorrow, and they've asked me to complete a 30-minute case interview over the phone with one of the associates. Looking at a lot of the information on PE case interviews, however, it appears almost all traditional ones give you the inform...

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BlackRock Private Equity Partners (PEP) - Culture, Interview et al.

makura

Any insights on BR PEP on this forum? From what I've uncovered so far, they do a decent amount (+50% of time for Associates) of co-investments and are obviously one of the biggest names in AM. They do a modelling test and a case study during interviews, can anybode share their experience? Besides t...

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AEA Investors Credit and Audax Private Debt

EagleFA

Hi all, Does anyone have information on culture / comp / hours for private credit shops such as AEA and Audax? I know this is the PE forum but there aren't many other great areas to post this. Thanks. ...

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