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Iridium Partners

MandA_Junkie

Iridium Partners, does anybody know anything about this firm?...

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MDP - Firms comparison by size and prestige?

1111

What firms compare to Madison Dearborn in terms of size and prestige: above middle market but maybe below the superfunds?...

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CRT Capital Holdings LLC

guyjer

Does anybody have any opinions on their private equity arm? Their based out of Stamford, CT and going through their company website I can't find much of the deals they have done....

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Private Equity Valuation Models

gavora

Does anyone have a good place to start on finding different Private Equity Valuation Models? Any help in finding set and accurate models would be great!!...

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Private equity interview guide questions

tiredmonkey

Found a pretty useful PE interview guide [redacted] The financial modeling is a bit basic for an experienced banking analyst, but the interview guide and questions were helpful...

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What is top pay

GoldwingX

so how much do top vps get paid?...

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Carlyle vs Goldman Out of Undergrad?

goldson23

Which one is the better place to go out of undergraduate school?...

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Patent background for VC?

patents555

Hi, I have been particing patent law for 6 years and would like to transition over to VC or PE. I am currently in the process of applying to MBA programs. Does anyone know whether I would be able to go directly to a VC or PE firm after graudating with my MBA? Or would I need to work first in inve...

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What it takes (requirements) to attain a position at Blackstone/Carlyle

ryanhogg

What requirements are needed to land a job at Blackstone or Carlyle?...

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How many billion dollar PE shops are out there?

mikesdaboss

Looks like a decent amount, so placing into billion dollar shop shouldn't be as hard as it seems. ...

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Quadrangle Group: more information, insights?

aguy

know anything about this firm?...

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Texas Pacific Group

mikesdaboss

Know of a pre-MBA associate there? What bank/group did they work at? Much appreciated. ...

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LP Help

maverickPE

Do LPs ever have any influence with PE recruiting?...

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what do associates/analysts do?

wantoknow

What do associates/ analysts do at big name PE shops? For example, Blackstone PE has analysts. What do they do besides LBO modelling? What do KKR associates dobesides LBO modelling? The more specific, the better....

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Oakwood Group

MisterXYZ

Anyone ever heard of this company, likely based in London? How many employees etc.?...

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GS Equities Franchise Management?

bryoves27

This is supposed to be part of the Equities division. Anyone know anything about it? any info on what about the group? job function? compensation? exit ops? key skills necessary? I'm mostly concerned with the analyst position in this group....

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Head of Blackstone (Schwarzman) biography?

djia5000

Wikipedia says he was a D-student in HS (lets say 18 years old) and an MD at Lehman by 31. There has to be a good story/biography there. Anyone know any good sources/books/sites? Thanks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_A._Schwarzman...

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Equity Research - Typical comp and hours?

BB00

I am going to preface my question by saying that I know that this is a IB forum, but I also noticed that many of the members are very knowledgable about other areas as well. So my question is what does anybody know about being a Equity Research analyst. i.e. typical jobs, comp, hours, and things of...

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anyone heard of this firm...

dll700

Has anyone heard of lakehouse funds before? Any info is appreciated....

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Comp - Second year in middle market fund

03banker

What's a second year in a middle market fund expected to get this year?...

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Interview Help - Position out of undergrad

mohae

$8 Billion Fund Position out of undergrad Specific skills required include: • Strong quantitative / analytical skills. • Superior Excel skills for financial analysis, including IRR analysis. • Business writing. • Preparation of concise business and manager analytical report...

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Hilarious - Experience is interesting

IBAspirant

I haven't really posted a lot here, nor do I come here often but I thought you might find my experience interesting (I find it hilarious). I recently interviewed with a reputable PE shop. Now because I'm currently with an IB, we agreed I would drop by during luch and have an _informal_ chat with th...

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Private Equity Business Model

golfer4life

How are most private equity firms compensated? I know they will occasionally invest in their own funds. Do they charge their stakeholders a flat annual fee plus keep a percentage of investment performance (similar to HF's 2%, 20%)? Or do they charge a management fee as a percentage of invested asset...

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Stanford looking to get into VC/start-up PE - Where should I intern this summer?

futurevc

By next year, I will be a Stanford grad with an interdisciplinary engineering degree and a masters in management science. I'm interested in VC as a career, and I'm planning my summer internship this year. I also have strong prior entrepreneurial experience and am interning with a VC firm part-time ...

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work for ib pe arm as an associate?

wantoknow

what do you guys know about the private equity arms of various big investment banks as compared to different pe shops? ...

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VC pay?

patents555

How is the pay at VC firms? ...

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Private Equity London

Gundamfung

Anyone know of any private equity shop in london that hires straight outta college? ...

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Private Equity Training

thrilainvanila

Hi all, first-time poster who just found this site. Looks to be a great source of info. I wanted to see if anyone has any great ideas for PE training resources. I'm out of undergrad and will be starting as an analyst at a PE firm based in Mumbai, India in the next few months. I'm a non-finance/...

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PE Pay

Fanker

Need some help on determining if an offer is within market range. I got an offer to work for a middle market pe shop (~900mm under management) and package was $85k base and $95k bonus - does that sound within range of what other middle market pe shops are offering? ...

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LFG/FSG --> PE

ginNtonic

Just curious how differently sponsors interview analysts out of LFG/FSG....

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Fund of Funds - Compensation?

Moses

Hello All, Question for ya- How does fund of funds compensation compare to just a PE fund shop (assuming everything else equal, assets ect)? Any ideas? Associate level---->Managing Partner level? Thx...

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What shot do i have - UT Austin with a 3.9 GPA

dll700

Hey guys I just wanted to know what kind of shot I to get into private equity straight out of undergrad. Also any tips on where to find job postings for firms that would hire a candidate like me. UT Austin GPA: >3.9 Experience: some financial experience, once worked for a fortune 500 company over ...

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What chance do I have

ElaineSeinfeld

Okay...I want everyone to be honest...I would really like to pursue a career in Private Equity..but what chances do I have of getting into this field? Here are my stats: University of Paris, France- majoring in Econ (every one of my subjects is in French and I'm not French) GPA: 3.0 on a good da...

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Metalmark Capital...

whoop_there_it_is

anyone know anything about it? ...

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Take the money??

ibanktoo

Here is my question. Suppose I had an opportunity at a middle market ($300 to $500 mm)Private Equity shop in a non traditional financial market (think Indianapolis type market). After 3 years as a BB analyst I am looking to get into PE. Due to the location this firm is willing to pay top level $$ in...

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Anybody heard of Cervantes Capital or can comment on it?

jackstone104

It's based in Denver, just wondering. Made a contact there recently and going to have an informal phone conversation in the coming week....

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PE Signing Bonus

ibanktoo

Does anyone know if PE firms typically pay a signing bonus to junior analysts coming out of a BB firm? Thank you!...

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Blackstone, Equity Office bonds & strategies

relinquo

interesting what will happen with this buyout, especially on the finance side of things. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20602007&sid=azfTRyXwK8hE&refer=rates on a related note, do you guys think that take we will see siginificantly more deals involving private equity players/opp funds buyi...

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quality of life - investment banking vs. pe

snowverkill

Hey all, I was wondering if anyone could give me an idea of how the quality of life at a PE firm compares to that at an investment bank. I'm talking about the analyst and associate level. Hours, weekends, pay? Thanks....

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Newbridge Capital -- thoughts?

oldschool

Anybody interviewed, worked or otherwise interacted with Newbridge? Thoughts or experiences regarding the firm and its people, culture, lifestyle, etc? I'm curious as to where exactly Newbridge falls within the greater PE universe given its backing by TPG and Blum Partners. What exactly is the nat...

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Blackstone - UG Summer Intern

lakerlax

Do they even do this for Private Equity Division? UG Class of 08 @ an Ivy here, with not so good gpa (3.6), but 2 previous internships. One at very good PE / alternative firm (they took 1/119 apps, will only hire full-time after 2+yrs BB experience though ), And the other in consulting. From a Non...

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Financial Engineering and PE

ZiggyMon

Just a comment from someone so I though I should conifrm. Is it true that Financial Engineering is also used PE funds. Like what would be the use of Financial Engineering in PE?? Can someone with specialization in Financial Engineering move into PE?...

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VC Jobs in Silicon Valley

DeThmsCrwn

Does anybody know how to get into VC out in Cali? Just as analyst experience in IB at a BB is the way into an associate spot in PE, is it the same for VC??? Not referring to just finance jobs either, I'm interested in Ops, Accounting, etc....

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Morgan Stanley's $8Bn RE Opp fund

PrivateInvestor

What do you guys think of MS's new Real Estate Opportunity fund circa $8Bn? - How do you think that they will go about deploying that kind of capital? Will they have much trouble? - How do you think other big investors and IBs will respond? Do you think that other BBs will follow with similar fu...

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I am seeking to meet people within a mid-size PE fund that is looking to add experienced bankers

Lodo

Hello: I am an experienced M&A i-banker with two years experience at a small PE fund and more than nine years of overall M&A experience. I have good business origination skills and wealth of experience in domestic and international M&A, having managed multiple transactions from inception to closing...

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Different PE firms, what do people think of them? Have you worked at any of these?

Moses4444

Blackstone Carlyle Oak Hill TPG Tomas Weisel Or any other firms people would like to share comments about?...

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MBO V.S. LBO

ZiggyMon

What are the major differences between MBO's and LBO's? What's more profitable, with better returns? Any ideas/comments anyone?...

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Why Private Equity Matters

nychimp

Want to understand private equity?...this article is not a bad place to start. ...

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Industry choice

dreamworks

Can guys have some opinions on which industry is good or interesting for PE? What do you like or not like about it?...

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Boutique Investment Bank -> MM PE... Advice?

chawhat

Did some searching but couldn't find a lot of info on this. Has anyone successfully transitioned from a boutique investment bank (talking 40-60 FTE, mostly M&A deals in the lower middle market) to a solid MM PE shop (i.e. brand name w/ sizable funds)? If it is possible, how common/challenging woul...

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Back Office Jobs in PE

nontargetbanker

Hi, So just out of curiosity, I was wondering what back office is like at a PE firm in terms of lifestyle, compensation, how interesting the work is, etc. Although doing front office work would be ideal, I, unlike many people on this site, don't think I'd be totally opposed to being an accountant a...

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Advice for Asset Management Breaking Into Private Equity

Brojam23

Hey Guys, Wanted to get some advice as an Analyst at a Asset Manager ($1-5B AUM) trying to break into PE. I started applying this weekend and just got a call for a first round interview. However, I am a little worried because I have very little experience with real world valuation/modeling as my pr...

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MBB consulting --> pre-mba VC position

candor345

Hey all, I'm currently a consultant at MBB, and I'm looking to go through the interview process with top VC firms that play in the Clean Energy, tech-based consumer, and healthcare verticals. Do headhunters actively recruit on behalf of the DFJs, Silver Lake Kraftwerks of the world? Or are the ...

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Infrastructure PE - Players, career path, etc.

heyheymymy

Hi, Any monkeys with wisdom to impart on Infra PE? (i) Which players garner respect in the industry other than Macquarie? (not only have capital but are seen as being intelligent investors) (ii) Does the career path differ from traditional PE? i.e. Is it easier to move into at the Senior Associat...

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HELP: How to prepare for PE internship (growth equity) Will give SB.

dubyawhy

Hey WSO, My internship starts in a week. I am about to begin my internship at a very, very big dick fund. A lot of their interns are extremely talented (pedigree, ambition, etc) so I REALLY don't want to seem like a putz. I am not looking to impress, but I want to be able to hit the ground running ...

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PE Interview for Junior Summer Internship

PriceIsRight

Hey guys...so I sent in an application to a midcap PE firm in ATL and did not think that they would pick me out, but I got an interview and was wondering if anyone has any idea what to expect. It is for a summer analyst program, but I am not too familiar with PE interviews, especially without any pr...

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Why did you choose to go into PE?

Magneto

I am currently preparing for an interview at a small PE fund. I was just wondering why the people here in this forum were choosing to go into PE, especially people who started their career in PE....

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PE Interview Valuation Test / Modeling Test

energyib

Guys, Would you mind sharing your experiences at PE interviews where you would be give a valuation test or a model test? I have heard of either a 3-4 hr test where they ask you to build an LBO or some such model or a take home type of longer modeling exercise with a case to go with it. Can you pl...

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Criminal background checks for PE

silvermonkey1

Can they find your speeding tickets Thanks...

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Private Equity Valuation Groups

Kenny_Powers_CFA

Hey everyone, I was wondering if anyone had any information on working for the valuation group within a PE/VC fund. My understanding is that they provide FV measurement for portfolio companies for financial reporting (if required) and for the LPs. Depending on the fund, it looks like they may pla...

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Break into VC in China/Hong Kong?

neoachilles

I'm bilingual in mandarin chinese and conversational in cantonese. I'm currently an undergraduate student who is very interested in working at a VC that has offices based in Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong area. I'm a sophomore from a semi-target and did an IB intern (a mid-sized bank in Beijing). What...

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first job Venture Capital fund of fund

VCF24

I am in a target undergraduate business program. I've been offered an analyst position at a very solid venture fund of funds (also does late stage direct investments). The firm/people seem great, and its in a good location, but I'm worried that this is a limiting move coming right out of school. At ...

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Experience transitioning from LP to GP?

Sergio55

Hello all, I am currently at a well known PE FoF with strong secondary/co-investment arms. I've become very interested in the strategy of one of the MM funds we've invested in, and wanted to approach them at some point expressing my interest in working for them. I'm junior enough where I don't thi...

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Securing a secondment

Clarkey

At present, I'm a 1st Year Analyst at a UK mid-market Private Equity fund. I spend all of my day modelling in Excel - either for existing portfolio companies or for potential new buy-outs. However, what I really want to do is pick up some operational experience - i.e. operating at the coal face rat...

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Internship in DC

Bronco1234

Hi, I'm a student looking for a spring semester internship in investment banking or private equity in the DC/MD/VA area. Any advice on which companies to look for here? I have M&A experience from this past summer and would love the chance to learn about private equity or restructuring, or to get mo...

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Executive Positions in Portfolio Companies

paperorplastic

As an executive in a portfolio company, what kind of exit opportunities are there? How common is it to lateral to a private equity firm in an operations type role, and what would the compensation be (at the respective size PE firms)? Does the ease/frequency of transition depend on the size of the po...

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Oaktree Capital Interview and Case Study

gubberqj

Hi All, I have had a first round interview with Oaktree to join up in their whole loan and NPL purchasing business based out of London. I have an day long interview and case study coming up. Can you please offer any guidance as to what I should be expecting? What should I prepare what should I ge...

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Undergrad with FT Offer --- How Can I Start Networking with VCs?

KingCudi

I am a senior graduating in a few months and going to work in restructuring within TMT. My long term goal is to get into VC. I already have my offer and a light schedule so I've been studying for the GMAT as well as trying to begin networking with buyside firms. Both my school and even my firm to s...

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European Investment Fund - Private Equity and Venture Capital

sharky7

I've come across a couple of interesting job offers at the EIF. People in there don't seem to have backgrounds of the like of bulge brackets (saw in linkedin), so maybe it's easier to get into... It's also located in Luxembourg where I guess not many people want to go. How do you see it to build a ...

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PE Associate Prep

valuekid

Hey all - Any advice for PE prep? Starting a megafund in a few months, coming from a BB. To help narrow down the question, perhaps these questions would be better: 1) What is expected of a megafund PE associate on day one, 6 months in, 1 year in? 2) Knowing you have ~3-4 months before the jump, ...

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European Leveraged Finance to VC in silicone county? PE or B-school better chances for VC?

Zweihander

Have an offer with DB Leveraged Finance desk in London, but ultimately want to end up at a top Silicon Valley VC fund (Accel, Sequoia, KPCB etc). Just wondering if I can go straight from LevFin to VC? Will coming from an all-credit background kill my chances? Would my chances be any better if I w...

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Getting into private equity from an operational background

rocketscienceforcash

Hi! I'm a newly minted 30 year old looking for advice on whether it would be possible to get into private equity with a rather unique background. I've got a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master's in Engineering Management from an Ivy League school. My experience includes 3 years as a softw...

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WME/IMG acquires UFC

HendrixBanker

[quote] Today's big deal is that WME/IMG has agreed to acquire UFC, the mixed martial arts powerhouse, with private equity backing from Silver Lake (already a WME investor), KKR and entities affiliated with Michael Dell. No financial terms are being disclosed, but sources put the price tag at around...

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From Management Consulting to PE - MBA route

Determined_Chimp

Hi guys, I am facing an important decision for my career and I like to share it with you. Background: • Italian Management Consultant, I've been working for almost 3 years now for Second Tier Consulting firm (Top 4/5 in Europe according to most rankings , way below in US) • Planning to apply ...

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How to Get Started in PE LBO's

exec1991ms

Hey guys, I've been a big follower of WSO for a few years but have only really read the content as an outsider. I'd like to reach out to see how I can finally get into the actual industry. Right now I've found myself in a strange position since college. I joined a company last year that's not ev...

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Buyout of private companies - which Shareholder's Equity components?

gustaPE

Hello. Getting ready for interviews at PE firms and it ocurred to me that, for a public company, it's easy to calculate the buyout of equity portion of the Uses of Funds (#shares vs. offer price), which will typically represent a premium over the current market cap of the company. If it's a privat...

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How to do entry analysis on private companies?

henrycw

Hey everyone, I was recently interviewed for an internship with a local Investment Bank. More specifically, it was for their Mezzanine Capital Unit/ private equity arm. After the interview, everything was going fine and I had a good feeling. However, they asked me to do a quick analysis on a pri...

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GCM Grosvenor - PE Fund Opportunities

Odyssy2112

All, I wanted to get your thoughts on GCM Grosvenor as I am considering an Senior Investment Associate position with the firm. I'm particularly interested in hearing about the following: 1) Have you ever collaborated with GCM Grosvenor on any transactions? Has anyone worked there in the past, or a...

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HgCapital Interview Questions

mal_ris

Hello, I am a recent interview coming up for HgCapital and Permira (European offices, London and Frankfurt). Anyone here had interviews with these firms and knows what to expect?? Profile: Wharton MBA, past Management Consulting background in EMEA in M&A and Restucturings. Thanks...

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