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May 30, 2019

Oil & Gas?

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May 31, 2019

A lot of the best corp dev roles are at companies that the average person hasn't heard of. While it may seem cool to work at some of these household name tech companies, many don't actually do a ton of acquisitions. Sure they may look at a bunch of stuff, but they'll likely only do a significant deal every few years, so your experience won't be the best if you are looking for heavy deal flow.

Instead, take a look at some of the industrial conglomerates / media holding companies / large-cap healthcare companies with strong balance sheets, depending on your interests. Many of these companies either are actively looking to diversify and revamp their business because their legacy business is declining (e.g., GE, some of the media conglomerates, Dell) or they are looking to consolidate their industry / buy growth (e.g., UnitedHealth, Danaher, random life sciences/pharma companies). At all of these you'll have exposure to a broad range of transaction and investment types. Downside is, many of these roles are located in the suburbs outside a major city...

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May 31, 2019

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Jun 2, 2019

I'm going to second this. I am working on the corp dev & strat team for a company that falls into those categories you mentioned. We are a lot more acquisitive than I would expect. We are always looking/ working on a deal. Great experience.

Jun 3, 2019

Comp range for Analyst?

May 31, 2019

Healthcare imo - they are constantly buying bio-techs, spinning off old drugs, making join ventures, expanding into new markets etc.

Novartis must be doing about 3 deals/year, same for GSK, Pfizer, Roche, J&J, etc.

Jun 2, 2019

Serial acquirers would be cool. Transdigm, constellation software, etc.

Jun 5, 2019

100% on Constellation Software

Jun 3, 2019

PE - Portfolio companies tend to have active deal flow - with quick tuck-in acquisitions during that 3 -5 year window, which can be great experience.

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Jun 3, 2019

My company has done a fair amount of tuck-in deals in the past, but we're always finding ways to complement that by expanding into different verticals. I guess the idea is to become a massive conglomerate.

Jun 3, 2019
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