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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Nov 9, 2020 - 3:48pm

Their headquarter in Frankfurt is known for ECM. Did some large IPOs/Spin-offs but not so much in M&A. I think they do a lot of ER in London so probably can't go wrong with that if that's what you're looking for.

Nov 9, 2020 - 3:58pm

Thanks for the reply! Are you London based? I have some L/S equity internship experience and my ultimate goal is to break into the London HF scene. Any idea how they would place?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Nov 9, 2020 - 4:02pm

I'm German and interviewed with Berenberg once. I'll start FT next year in London though did not take the offer. I'm not an expert but I would not start FT at Berenberg or in ER to end up at a HF long-term probably. But it should be decent experience if you continue doing your masters for example? I mean it probably comes down to your alternatives

  • Associate 1 in Acct - Other
Nov 10, 2020 - 4:47am

This is all second hand info from reading etc. As mentioned above, they're a German bank but they've been expanding quite a bit in London recently and have been competing with Numis and Peel Hunt for corporate broking services. They're definitely not top tier, but they're not unheard of either. Most people who have had a career in finance will at least know the name Berenberg. An offer here is definitely better than no offer and it will give you relevant experience to lateral to a different bank after a year.

I'd take an offer, especially in this climate.

Nov 10, 2020 - 7:15am

Largely agree what comment nr. 1 said, strong in mid-cap ECM (You see them on basically every single MM IPO in Germany for example). Not such a big focus on M&A. Good first IB internship in Frankfurt though (second-hand experience from a friend). Just know it won't be a 100% M&A experience and can be very geared towards ECM.   

Can't comment on London office! Have seen a ton of their ER work on MM companies during an AM internship and think this is a big focus of them.

@OP, why not do something you're truly interested in? Not sure you'll have a good time in IB (esp. in an ECM-focused role with less "traditional exits") if you're not somewhat of a fan of the industry.

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Nov 10, 2020 - 7:25am

Thanks for the reply! Definitely a fair point at the end - I've always been more of a markets guy so I'm thinking about targeting my ER and S&T roles. Mostly looking for some color on Berenberg's London ER coverage at this point.

Nov 10, 2020 - 7:43am

You're welcome. Hope it was at least of some help.

Like I said, from my very very very junior point of view I think they do quite well in ER but are almost exclusively MM focused since that's where they focus on ECM advisory.

Unfortunately, I can't really say which of the offers is better for your envisaged career trajectory. 

Is this discussion about SA or FT? I'm sure that the brand name of the BB could help a ton for FT hiring?

Hope other more experienced users can shed some light on it!

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 4, 2021 - 6:48pm

According to Bloomberg currently top 9 in EMEA Equity Offerings. Also very strong in ER and apparently has a great graduate program. 

Nov 10, 2020 - 8:16am

Very strong German bank, had expanded to the US and then pulled back (nice offices though), mid-tier London presence. 

Berenberg puts out these huge research pieces and pretends to be Bernstein, but the quality is vastly lower.

Would pick a BB over them any day, but not that bad of a place to be. In ER, really depends on the analyst. They have some decent ones and some really not decent ones... 

  • Analyst 1 in ER
Nov 15, 2020 - 10:46am

Any idea of buyside placement for them in London? Seems to be a bit of churn at associate level

Nov 15, 2020 - 1:15pm

W/ these smaller ER bank roles, a lot of it really depends on the analyst. If your analyst is II ranked & is seen as a thought leader by the buy side, the chance of a move to the buyside after are is than if not-II ranked. 

The problem w/ a firm like Berenberg is analyst quality varies drastically. There are some that are complete trash (one in LDN comes to mind) and there are others that may be fairly good (don't know any off the top of my head). I'd suggest doing some due diligence on the analyst you would be working for before taking the offer.  

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