Big Oil ~> MBA / JD+MBA ~> PE?

Hey guys

A friend did engineering and worked for a big oil company (Saudi Aramco) for 5 years. He worked for the company's strategic planning division (essentially mapping out how and where the company's resources are best used). He took the GMAT in the last sitting and scored 700 flat. He took the LSAT (studied a bit but for kicks!!!) and scored 170.

He wants out of the oil company (promotions are pretty tough to land mainly because they're based on how long you've served and not how much you've served); he's thinking PE, but is also entertaining any other areas including big law (which is why he's considering applying for a JD/MBA).

Speaks Arabic (native), English (native), Malayu (native), Hebrew (business proficiency), and Spanish (business proficiency)

What pathways do you think will open to him with a top 5 MBA? top 5 JD/MBA?

thanks

Comments (7)

Nov 25, 2012 - 10:54pm
SanityCheck, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Almost endless. I don't want to be Debbie Downer but it's extremely hard to go to PE without pre-MBA PE experience. Have a friend who was at a top PE firm at HBS and couldn't get back to a PE job he was happy with at the carry level post-MBA.

But just about any other option is pretty open, even IBD as an associate before trying to make the jump.

Nov 26, 2012 - 12:01am
TechBanking, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Given his background in the ME and language skills, why not a sovereign wealth fund doing PE?

Nov 26, 2012 - 2:24pm
konig, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you everyone for your replies @TechBanking: Not really sure. I was thinking Qatar Investment Fund or Abu Dhabi, and I hear they're paying some veyr fat compensation packages. Any idea how much they'll dole out for an MBA/ JD+MBA?

Greed is Good.
Nov 26, 2012 - 3:48pm
TechBanking, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have no idea on comp specifics. The one guy I know who is in PE at one of the Abu Dhabi funds is well taken care of and likes his job.

Nov 29, 2012 - 12:09am
konig, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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