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Sep 2, 2013

Baird = Blair = Lincoln = Houlihan, they're all tied. Good luck.

'Before you enter... be willing to pay the price'

Sep 2, 2013

Baird has the best name recognition IMHO.

Are all of these offers for Chicago? I'd take the offer in Chicago, but that's me.

Sep 2, 2013
IlliniProgrammer:

Baird has the best name recognition IMHO.

Are all of these offers for Chicago? I'd take the offer in Chicago, but that's me.

Yes, Chicago. If you have any other information about these banks, I'd love to hear them IP!

Sep 2, 2013

I really liked what I saw from Lincoln when I met with them. I don't know much about the others though.

Sep 2, 2013

Considering my unemployed status, I'd happily take any of these if I were you.

But if you had the choice (congrats), I'd limit it down to Baird or Lincoln.

Sep 2, 2013

I interviewed at Blair and Baird. I received 4 BB FT offers, plus some MM offers but did not get one from William Blair. If they had, I would have taken it over everything else. I was extremely impressed with their overall culture as well as the diverse backgounds of the folks working there.

Sep 2, 2013

I'm curious if you would take William Blair over Lazard M&A NYC.

Sep 2, 2013
BTbanker:

I'm curious if you would take William Blair over Lazard M&A NYC.

No way, Blair is extremely overrated and they're middle market. I wouldn't take it over any BB (unless I knew I would be put in a terrible group)

Sep 2, 2013
raymundo:
BTbanker:

I'm curious if you would take William Blair over Lazard M&A NYC.

No way, Blair is extremely overrated and they're middle market. I wouldn't take it over any BB (unless I knew I would be put in a terrible group)

Could you expand on why it's "overrated" ? It obviously isn't on the same level as most BB's, but for MM banks I thought it was pretty solid in terms of PE exit ops and etc.

Sep 2, 2013
AsianMonky:
raymundo:
BTbanker:

I'm curious if you would take William Blair over Lazard M&A NYC.

No way, Blair is extremely overrated and they're middle market. I wouldn't take it over any BB (unless I knew I would be put in a terrible group)

Could you expand on why it's "overrated" ? It obviously isn't on the same level as most BB's, but for MM banks I thought it was pretty solid in terms of PE exit ops and etc.

It's solid, but I just feel like on this board, a lot of people think Blair is much better than it actually is. I.E. debating Lazard vs Blair is kind of a joke IMO. It's still a good place to be.

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Sep 3, 2013

I was looking for associate postitions and to stay in IB long-term, so PE exit ops were not on the radar for me. For experience at the associate level, there seemed to be much more opportunity to have contact with both senior bankers and senior members of the client companies much earlier on. I would take them over Larard M&A in an instant as well as any bulge bracket, but that is just me looking at what is the best personal fit for myself.

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Sep 2, 2013
FormerHornetDriver:

I interviewed at Blair and Baird. I received 4 BB FT offers, plus some MM offers but did not get one from William Blair. If they had, I would have taken it over everything else. I was extremely impressed with their overall culture as well as the diverse backgounds of the folks working there.

Why would you have taken Blair over BB's? Aren't the BB's still ahead of WB in terms of the experience and exit ops?

Sep 2, 2013

Echoing the post above, William Blair is a helluva company. It's one of the largest old-school partnerships remaining in investment banking, they do great work, they value their people.. I don't mean to speak negatively of the other firms you've mentioned, but in my understanding, William Blair is a clear stand-out.

Sep 2, 2013

Not sure why it matters because you don't have offers from them.

But:

1a) Blair
1b) Baird
3) Lincoln
4) Houlihan

Sep 3, 2013
peinvestor2012:

Not sure why it matters because you don't have offers from them.

But:

1a) Blair

1b) Baird

3) Lincoln

4) Houlihan

This is what I would do. Baird and Blair are interchangeable

Sep 2, 2013
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