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Blackstone Group - Interview - Real EstateWas asked about the standard real estate technical questions, how to value individual properties, etc.. Nothing too difficult as it was pretty much all straight out of the study guides. The harder questions more revolved around my interest in real estate, as I hadn't really done anything in real est...
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MM PE interview Summer Analyst (The Riverside Company)Hello monkeys, How intensive are the Case Studies generally / or if intern interviews do case study questions while interviewing summer analysts?...
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Recruiting through headhunter vs reaching out directI was recently hit up by a executive search firm for a entry level PE role which sounded interesting. It turns out that the head of the group is a former member of my consulting firm, and while I didn't know them, they have an active database in my firm's alumni portal with an email and bio. Would i...
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investing in infrastructureSo I've been looking at finding more information on infrastructure. Since from what I've gathered most of it is funded by PE firms or Government it seems finding updates/development is difficult. I'm interested in all aspects of infrastructure and was wondering if you guys have any links to good bl...
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Allstate Investments LLC - Interview - Natural ResourcesDo you have experience in the industry? What deals did you work on during your time in banking? Why that group and firm? Why Chicago and that type of Private Equity style? What compensation are you looking for? What type of financing structures have you worked with? Are you familiar with timberland ...
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Board Member CompensationHi all, I raised capital and I have been working on a roll-up strategy for past few months. My partner and I are putting together a board of credible folks to help give us additional credibility. I was wondering what the typical comp is for board members? We were thinking of a small amount of optio...
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Looking beyond PE (public service or coding/tech or both?)Am fortunate enough to have an offer to join a PE firm in summer 2019 as an associate. It would be a 2 year program with potential to stay on as a third year senior associate. (currently 8/9 months into a FT IB analyst stint) I know I will love the diligence/analytical/investing aspect of the new ...
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Upcoming Interview at a top RE fund in LondonHello everyone, I have an upcoming interview for an intern position at a REPE shop in London, think large fund. What resources would you recommend me to prepare/ questions that I should know? Both on the technical + fit side. Don't mind if its an overkill since I have time on my hands now. Thanks...
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PE Deal Sourcing Comp / LifestyleHey all, I'm looking at making a career change from strategy consulting to PE deal sourcing. I'm a bit of an oddball, in that I was in sales before I moved into consulting. So I'm actually looking for a more commission-incentivized role that still combines some of the elements of finance / strategy...
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Public or Private PE Shop: What's better?I'm not talking if private deals are better than public deals for a PE party. I am wondering if you guys would rather work for a listed PE party (KKR, BX, Carlyle) or for a privately owned PE (CVC, Warburg Pincus). Both can do the same kind of deals, but I would think that the public ones have more...
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Medicine to VC/PE via MBB or MBA?Greetings from another discontent doctor.... TL;DR: i'm an anesthesiologist/pain medicine doc. After two years of private practice I'm looking for a route to VC or PE. On a whim I applied for a job at MBB and got an offer for a post-mba equivalent position. Would this be a decent path to VC/PE o...
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HIG Capital - Review - Private EquityVery smart people on deal teams. Heavy deal volume, so exposure to a huge variety of industries and size. Top quintile historical returns attracts a lot of capital from LPs.. Different offices have distinct cultures. Some healthy competion among deal teams is great, but oftentimes results in increas...
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Hertz LBO solutionDear WSO community, im desperately looking for the Hertz LBO solution (Harvard Business Case). Can anybody help me? Thank you so much ...
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HBS Hertz Case SolutionsHey everyone, Im starting a PE job next week and will be doing heavy LBO. I need to practice as much as possible, so I bought the HBS Hertz LBO case(2005). I am looking for the solutions for it, but Harvard wont give them out BC people love cheating. Can anyone provide me with some material? Th...
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Bain Capital - Review - GeneralistGreat quality of team members Great brand and access to best advisors and support infrastructure Well developed career plan . Very long hours and high number of deals Intense work environment Challenging interview process and initial days...
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Private equity in developing marketsWhich PE firms are most active in developing markets? Do they have set funds dedicated to this side of the business, or are they just integrated with the overall business? Are there some well-known funds dedicated solely to developing markets?...
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Executive recruiters in Germany?One of our portfolio companies needs to hire a senior sales executive in Germany. Can anybody recommend a recruitment firm which a good practice in Germany? Thanks....
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Acquisition finance & Structured lending analyst position at ING (largest dutch bank) VS. Deloitte M&A TraineeshipDear all, I've had two offerings for my first position, had an internship in a mid-market CF boutique and a mid-market PE firm in the Netherlands. I've graduated for two majors, one in Business law and one in Financial management. My ambition is to work in PE in 5 years from now. My technical skill...
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Flexpoint Ford?Hi, just wondering - Is anyone familiar with PE firm Flexpoint Ford and able to offer any insight? Thanks!...
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Private Equity Operations / Portfolio Career PathRecently was hit up by a head hunter for a PE Operations (non-buy side role). Coming from MBB this sounds interesting and I like their mix of portfolio companies. However, in looking at the Operating Partners, most of them tend to be ex MBB Partners or C-level execs. This begs the question, where do...
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PE resources for recruitingWhat resources would you recommend to those potentially interested in PE but who know very little about it? What are the best resources to learn about different funds, their specialties and reputations, etc? What are the best resources to prep for recruiting?...
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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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Blackstone Real Estate London InterviewsHello everyone, I have an upcoming interview for the SA program at Blackstone London, they have not specified whether I will be rotating or working in a particular team, so I want to be prepared for anything. What technical questions will they likely ask me? What should I know about Real Estate? ...
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Private Equity for Summer 2019 StartI didn't participate in 2019's on cycle recruiting process that began in Dec 2018 because I didn't feel ready. But I was just approached by a couple of headhunters on a few PE opportunities starting in summer 2019. Are these usually smaller funds? Or vacancies that were not filled from the December ...
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Cerberus Capital Management - Review - Private EquityOpportunity to rotate on investments in different industries (Healthcare, Real Estate, Manufacturing, etc.).. Senior Management too slow or reluctant to implement changes necessary to attract and retain talent....
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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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Mega Fund Placement out of BB LevFinIf I am an incoming analyst at JPM/BAML/CS in the respective Leveraged Finance Group. Do I have a good chance in attracting head hunters at Mega-Funds? Assuming semi-target state school, 3.75+ GPA, CFA Level 1 completed, and a 720+ gmat score. What else can I do to increase my odds for PE placement ...
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loan oriented fund?I read tons of material on the variations of PE funds and HFs, but I've never seen something about a fund that invests in commercial loans? Like what I have in mind is (way oversimplified) raise a fund, invest in mortgages/non liquid debts. I'm sure someone somewhere does this, can anybody just expl...
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If I Made the Transition To VC, Will The Make It Tough To Transition To Back To REPE?I'm a semi-active user here so I'm not using my primary account. I've always been someone deeply interested in both real estate and the technology sector. I'm currently a few years out of school (real estate finance major) working as a senior analyst/associate on the debt side of the capital stack. ...
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Reaching out to a firm that previously passed you onHi guys, current first year IB analyst here. I recently interviewed off-cycle with a really compelling ESG-oriented PE that had mostly hired associates in previous years of processes. I'm on a small team and was completely jammed with a deal when the modeling test came due. As a result, I had to tu...
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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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The top companies offering tier 2 sponsorshThe top companies offering tier 2 sponsorship in the UK This article is for international students currently enrolled at a UK university on a Tier 4 visa and wanting to switch to a Tier 2 work visa. Whether you’re a final year undergraduate or a postgraduate student the clock’s ticking. You need...
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Boston Private Equity Culture?I've heard that the culture in Boston PE is better than NY PE in terms of lifestyle and hours? Anybody have an idea of what it is like at places like Bain and THL? ...
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Recruiting from lesser known boutique banksHas anyone successfully broken into solid MM shops ($550m-$3b in AUM) from boutique banks without name recognition but where you do have decent deal experience? I'm guessing it's on the analysts to reach out to headhunters (CPI, Glocap, Amity, Search One) on their own and impress them? ...
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KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts) - Interview - Investor RelationsOverall, not many difficult questions. Main focus was just on walking through resume and other general background questions. One question was about what class I thought would contribute most to my success in the role. They also asked about weaknesses for the role. They also asked me to talk abou...
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Bachelor Thesis subject, making it too complex?Bachelor student from a European economics university here looking for advice/help. To complete my bachelor I need to write a thesis about any subject or field I like before the end of the year (July/August). My interest goes out to Private Equity, since throughout my study it's been my favorite to...
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Saint Elias Cognitive does now not**Saint Elias Cognitive** does now not get the nutrition it wishes we'd really begin to lose muscular tissues in place of gaining them. While we speak about nutrients it is critical for us to realize that it is not simplest protein that we want to devour. It's miles a...
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2018 KKR Credit SA InterviewAnyone get feedback after 1st round interview for KKR leveraged credit? And also how is this group? Compared with BX GSO, Apollo Credit, Oaktree?...
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Platinum Equity - Culture?Hi, Anyone knows any details about culture at Platinum Equity? Understand the company is extremely successful but wanted to see how their culture is? Cheers!...
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IB SA --> PE FT ProcessWill be working in the M&A team of an EB this summer (EVR/PJT/CVP) and would like to know what the process looks like for going from IB SA to PE FT at MF/UMM. Do headhunters reach out for FT positions or is it up to the SA to network and express interest in recruiting? Do these funds recruit exclusi...
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PE Recruiting Cycle in Europe for Large Cap and MFHi all, I am just starting to look at PE recruiting and would like to know when the large and MF firms start their typical on-cycle recruiting processes in Europe. I am a 2nd year Associate at an MBB consulting firm if at all relevant. Thanks...
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Temasek - Review - HealthcareGreat resume builder. Big platform. Top investment firm in the world with many global opportunities.. Extremely long hours - bad work/life balance. Complex corporate structure. Lots of process and red tape...
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Private Equity firms that recruit undergrads?What PE firms recruit from undergrad? Probably a ton of posts like this, but honestly curious. Would love to get into an REPE firm. I'm a current jobless senior...
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Undergraduate Engineering GPA for MegafundWhat would be considered a good undergraduate GPA for someone in an industry group at a top BB who studied engineering at a target school?...
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Distressed / Spec Sits vs Regular PEFellow monkeys, I am currently interviewing for a couple different positions and it would likely boil down to joining a lower MM fund or a distressed / spec sits PE. With the latter, it is worth noting that they pursue a decidedly strong PE focus, i.e. operate in a debt-to-own rather than a simple ...
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Silicon Valley Bank - Interview - Venture CapitalLike I mentioned, first round over the phone with a few different managers from a few possible teams that I could have worked for. Asked about what tech blogs I follow, why tech, what my favorite VC-backed startup was, my familiarity with Excel. In my second round, I moved forward with the venture ...
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Has Anyone Paid for L2 Research? (Founded by Scott Galloway)Has anyone been a client of L2 Research? I love their videos and free content on brands and consumer trends and was contemplating being a paying client of theirs for deeper insights (I'm in consumer VC so it's directly relevant). If anyone has experience being a paying user of theirs I would love to...
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Alpine Investors - Interview - SoftwareThe most difficult interview questions were regarding weaknesses and how you've tried to overcome them. Alot of focus on your weaknesses to get a holistic view of candidates. Market sizing questions were pretty difficult but straight forward. No technicals, again it was very fit oriented and you nee...
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A peek through the recruiter's mindAnyone here has some insights on the recruiter's mind especially those from the recruiting firm? I would love to take a peek through the recruiter's mind. You know things like: 1) What's their incentive and how does it align with you.... as a job seeker vs company looking for talent? 2) What's thei...
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Calgary PEAnyone have any insight on exit opportunities in Calgary mainly wondering about PE but also any info on hedge funds / AM gigs would be appreciated . Looking for details such as reputable shops, approx. salary, culture, hours, etc. ...
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Questions to ask your interviewer to assess fit I'm getting on along in the interview process with a small team fund and I'm wondering what questions I should be asking to make sure it's a place that I'd want to work. Thoughts on this list? What am I missing? **I am mainly looking for questions that should be red flags to keep me from joining** ...
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Apollo Global Management - Review - CreditFun work, cool people, interesting deals, great views from the office, catered meals, and other nice things.... Hours get insane at times, management does not spend too much time with analysts, and tough to move up....
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HIG Capital (London)Hey guys, What do you know about HIG Capital in London, specifically their private equity team? Anything on the team, culture, comp (associate level), prestige, etc. would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Actiblue...
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What is the career path and promotions like at Canadian PE firms?How does the career path work for Canadian PE firms? In the US you go for 2 years then an MBA and then afterward you decide where you want to continue. 1: Though I've heard a few times that most Canadians don't need to get MBAs and it's rare to see them as most of the time they aren't necessary. Do...
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Private Equity Modeling Guides - FreeHey monkeyzz, Sick of seeing all the paid content? Here are some top-tier illustrative modeling guides (excluding spins and splits). 1. macabacus DOT com/learn - The classics 2. multipleexpansion DOT com - easy-lbo - Good starting place 3. multipleexpansion DOT com - Training-LBO - More advanced L...
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PE Fof Interview - Excel TestHi, Landed an interview at a PE FoF. Passed the first round and got offered a 2nd interview. They mentioned there's an excel test. I emailed HR, and they told me the time for the excel test should be an hour. I bought the WSO PE Interview Prep guide, and know how to do all the 1-hr modeling test...
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The Best Investment Professionals Describe the most impressive investment professional you've come across during your careers? What made this guy/girl so impressive? Private Equity or Hedge fund Rainmaker? Maybe what firm were they from? @APAE" , @CompBanker" , @Layne Staley" , @TippyTop11" , @GridironCEO" , @takenotes08" ...
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co-GP modelsHi - new to this forum. I am starting my 2nd fund, and now former LPs are now asking to be co-GPs. My question is, what are the various models/options for this. For instance, if they put money into the GP: - how do you figure out their share of the carry? - are they also an LP? eg do they have ...
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(time sensitive, please help) When are references called?I'm about to have a 6th round interview for a fund on Thursday and they asked for three references. Do they only call if they're going to give you the job unless your references are red flags? How does this work? Three is a lot since I've only been working >1y. Also, any strategy for which referenc...
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Other "cross-asset" funds similar to Blackstone Tactical Opportunities?I'm interested in knowing if there are other groups out there that have unconstrained mandates, like how Blackstone Tac Opps invests across asset classes. If anyone also knows how it's like to work at Tac Opps, please let me know!...
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Blackstone Group - Review - Mergers and AcquisitionsI have had a very good time working here, everyone is very friendly and they want you to do better at the company. The hours can be very very long. Some weeks it wasn't and then other weeks I would be living in the office...
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Boutique Consulting to PEHi all- I'm at a boutique healthcare strategy consulting firm considering the move the working in healthcare PE/VC. I've been in consulting for 2 years post finishing undergrad (NESCAC). To be completely frank, I have minimal financial background from my current role in consulting. I was wondering ...
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New York City VCs.Hello all, I was wondering if anyone in this forum knows of some VCs in NYC that are focusing in the health care or health tech space? A friend of mine is starting a health tech company and they are looking to make contact with some VCs in the area. Thanks ...
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Insight venture partners intern interviewHi I’m a college sophomore. I have a recorded interview with insight venture partners for an investment analyst intern position. If anybody has interviewed with then before and can provide any insight then it would be great. Thanks...
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Life after PE - the other roadAs I mentioned in a previous thread ("How to Make VP in Private Equity"), a couple years ago I said goodbye to the private equity industry and decided to try my luck in the tech industry. Not as a VC associate. Not as an “entrepreneur”. As a programmer. Yep, you read that right. After thi...
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Leaving MBB for MM PE career adviceI am currently an MBB consultant with plans to leave for MM PE. As I think more and more about leaving, I am getting more nervous about the move. Maybe I am just too risk averse but would love if any fellow monkeys made the leap and how they felt about PE vs. MBB consulting and whether any of you de...
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Deloitte/PWC S&O to MM PE in LondonHi all, First time poster here. Can anyone advise some solid MM PE funds in London/ UK more widely that are both: - Receptive to a C/SC exit from Deloitte S&O -Strategically focussed on private companies that work primarily with government I have a strong modelling capability - I'd wager against...
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Partners Group - Interview - Private EquityA lot of the questions were structured to see how you analyze problems. As I progressed through the interviews, the questions got more challenging but everyone that interviewed me was helpful if I slipped up. I was surprised that the questions weren't technically finance based but more brain teasers...
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Advice Please! Growth Equity Interview Questions?So I just got notified that I've been invited to interview at a top tier growth equity firm, and the opportunity just sounds absolutely amazing so I'm desperate to land the position. If someone currently at a growth equity fund wouldn't mind elaborating on the interview process, I'd be forever grat...
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The Abraaj Group - Review - N/AGreat holiday and sick policy. International team. Flexible schedule. They have interesting investments around the world!. Founder focused. Demanding hours. Treats juniors poorly. Top heavy with lots of office politics. Poor moral....
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Estimate Levered IRR from Unlevered IRR?I'm trying to work on ways to mentally estimate LBO IRRs quickly without building out the full model Here, unlevered IRR can be estimated by: EBITDA yield (inverse of entry multiple) + EBITDA growth rate Example: An LBO @ 10x entry and exit EBITDA, with 5% revenue growth and constant EBITDA margin...
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Morgan Stanley - Interview - Investment ManagementTell me about a project from your past internship experience in M&A that you think could be considered as infrastructure? Why do you think so? What were the risks of that project? What was your implication? ...
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at a middle market fund - advice for recruitingHi All, I work for a middle-market private equity fund with a niche strategy in a smaller city. I previously spent a couple years in investment banking in New York. I am trying to move to another fund. Just curious if anyone was in a similar position and can offer insights/ advice. It seems that e...
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Traditional MM PE Associate role or Partner in a new Fund?Appreciate your insight - I realize the answer is very person-dependent but it'd be helpful to hear how you'd underwrite the career risk here. Context: A year and half ago, I accepted an offer with a August 2018 start date to go to a MM shop on the West Coast I was excited about - good comp, good c...
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Warren Buffet is stepping down from Kraft Heinz Board of Directors*“Organic growth is not Kraft Heinz’ expertise” - analysts at Credit Suisse* Amid recent financial troubles at Kraft Heinz, Warren Buffet has [announced that he will leave Kraft Heinz' board of directors](https://www.ft.com/content/3910bc22-43dc-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b): [quote]Warren Buffett...
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Invus Group Private EquityAny thoughts on these guys? Reputation/brand, returns, culture/hours, b-school, etc.? Can't find much on wso. Thanks!...
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Analyzing Manufacturing facilities in Private EquityAny advice/words of wisdom/primers on manufacturing facilities? I'm analyzing a facility that packs fruit. I work for a middle-market private equity fund. Many thanks in advance! ...
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Sightway Capital, a Two Sigma company ??Anyone here know anything about Sightway Capital, a Two Sigma company ? It seems like there's only one analyst there. Please share any info about the firm. Thanks....
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Worth It? Venture Capital Coaching Program? Break into VCI came across some VC coaching programs that cost thousands of dollars. Are they worth it? Have anyone tried them? Here are two programs I found online: [GoingVC](http://lists.startupcareeradvice.com/goingvc-application/) [VC Academy](http://www.vc.academy/venture-capital-executive-program-online-...
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