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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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