AXA Investment Managers

Does anyone have any intel on them? They seem to compete with some pretty big names on deals but haven't seen lots of smart/talented people go there

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Jan 7, 2022 - 6:09am

my 2cents

they compete on big deals solely because of their large balance sheet. they invest a lot in RE on behalf of their insurance arm (from my knowledge) and hence have big tickets to throw around. this doesnt look like it will change any time soon

they dont attract the best talent but it is reputable and could be a good stepping stone (you should get decent experience). dont get me wrong there IS top talent there (throughout the IM arm in equities, FI, etc.) but on average probably second tier

  • Analyst 1 in RE - Comm
Jan 7, 2022 - 11:33pm

I think in general, LifeCo is seen as less sexy because they mostly do core deals. When I was recruiting for the major ones (such as PGIM, Met, NYL, NML, etc), I noticed a ton of state school kids and not too many from target schools. "Top talent" typically recruits for BX, SW, and other opportunistic funds. That does not mean LifeCos are any less of a valuable experience. If you get an offer, I wouldn't hesitate. At the end of the day, the recruiters at your next gig will be evaluating your deal experience and AXA definitely does some big ones.

  • Analyst 1 in RE - Comm
Jan 8, 2022 - 12:32am

PGIM is seen as the "top" LifeCo so not very surprising. They can afford to do more opportunistic deals due to 3rd party capital. Nonetheless, there are definitely a handful of state school kids there. I graduated from IU recently and in the past few years, we've sent a number of kids to PGIM. In our program this year, I believe 2-3 kids had offers from them, but they all took other offers. I would imagine their ATL office has some UGA kids. Probably some from Wisconsin/UT-Austin too. Still great schools, of course, but goes to show LifeCos don't always recruit at targets.

Jan 8, 2022 - 5:59am

echo this for London / EU

They dont recruit almost at all at the grad level and i think it's seen as a less sexy name even though they are on big deals. Maybe lower comp is behind this perception but it's generally a fairly relaxed environment and culture

  • Intern in RE - Comm
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