I spent ~5 yrs on the sell side getting my own coverage in a financial services niche. Moved over to the buyside over 5 years ago to help build out an equity platform in a primarily credit shop (with a nuts and bolts operating business). The idea being to leverage our operational and business expertise to invest in businesses that are tangential to what we do.
Because equities aren't the primary product we invest in, my experience is likely a bit different than a lot of other hedge fund professionals. We are opportunistic with investments with no defined portfolio size. We have a more fundamental value oriented philosophy and relatively longer hold times. We've also done some PE like investments, and a few investments up the capital stack.
I'll check in from time to time. AMA!