Chicago IB -> SF PE?

urchin24's picture
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Has anyone heard of people moving from chicago IB to reputable SF PE shops?

I'm joining a top chicago bank/group for full time and am interested in exploring SF for PE opportunities

Region: 
United States - Midwest

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Apr 2, 2014

Yes, get in touch with West Coast focused headhunters and in general let headhunters know your city preference. By default they will ask you where you want to be.

Apr 2, 2014

all the time. shouldnt be a problem.

Apr 2, 2014
ledger123:

all the time. shouldnt be a problem.

Thanks for the response. Is it difficult to get interviews at the top PE funds in SF from Chicago (top group/firm)? Or will my options mostly be limited to mid and lower-level PE shops?

Apr 2, 2014

For some reason, buyside firms in SF seem to do a fair bit of recruiting outside of the west coast (i.e. in Chicago, NYC, etc.). On the other hand, cities like NYC and Chicago seem to do more recruiting from analysts in those cities; NYC is self-explanatory since there are a ton of analysts, and Chicago seems much more insular in the way that many of the firms recruit. That's just kind of my gut feel, so I may be totally off base.

Oh, and I know you didn't ask about it, but Boston is kind of like SF like that too...

Apr 6, 2014
CHItizen:

For some reason, buyside firms in SF seem to do a fair bit of recruiting outside of the west coast (i.e. in Chicago, NYC, etc.). On the other hand, cities like NYC and Chicago seem to do more recruiting from analysts in those cities; NYC is self-explanatory since there are a ton of analysts, and Chicago seems much more insular in the way that many of the firms recruit. That's just kind of my gut feel, so I may be totally off base.

Oh, and I know you didn't ask about it, but Boston is kind of like SF like that too...

Does SF actually target Chicago for recruiting though? I was under the impression that they focused only on SF+NY

Apr 6, 2014

Let me rephrase - it's hard to generalize all SF PE firms, but there are certainly some upper MM SF PE firms that actually have first round interviews in Chicago (which is highly unusual).

Apr 8, 2014

Bump, any last/final thoughts?

Apr 8, 2014
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