Consumer/Retail Group Rankings

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Any opinions on best (rankings welcomed) Consumer/Retail groups for both BB and EB? Any other information on specific groups within a BB or EB (hours, pay, culture, etc) would be appreciated as well. Thanks!

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Feb 19, 2020

would also love to see info on MM consumer groups

Feb 19, 2020

For MMs:
HL
HW / Piper
LMM / Blair

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Feb 19, 2020

Surprising to see Blair on the lower tier of that list, considering how strong they seem to be in other groups. Is it an issue of general deal flow?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Feb 19, 2020

What are the biggest differentiators between the groups (besides location)?

  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Feb 19, 2020

Where would Baird fall on the list? Specifically Chicago office

Feb 19, 2020

Blair is definetely a player in the MM, typical EV of $100-500mm and a few $1B+ mandates.

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Feb 19, 2020

From talking to people in competitor firms, sounds like a lot of Blair's consumer deals were capital market oriented instead of M&A

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Feb 19, 2020

Not true - have several WB Consumer Books on my desk and creds point to heavy M&A. Check their site: Ranir / Perrigo, Team Tech / Clearlake, Ferrara / Ferrero, PDC / CVC.

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Feb 19, 2020

MS, GS and BAML are on basically every IPO. Mega M&A deals are all Centerview. Piper has a strong fitness banking practice (like orangetheory, etc) and consumer products. North Point Advisors is a pretty good M&A boutique (seen BBs lose to them).

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Feb 20, 2020

^^^^ Barclays and EVR are also great.

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Feb 22, 2020

EVR's on the list because they poached roughly half of Barclays' CRG senior bankers in 2018, lol.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Feb 20, 2020

Financo and Sawaya are obv. two other strong players. More of specialized MM industry boutiques than your typical MM bank.

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Feb 20, 2020

For London?

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Feb 20, 2020

I will be joining a CNR team in Chicago with BAML. What's the ranking?

  • Prospect in Other
Feb 20, 2020

Do you know the repuation of the industrials team at BAML in Chicago?

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Feb 21, 2020

I heard they don't execute, just pitches.

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Feb 20, 2020

Consumer and Retail....you should be looking into the best distressed group then...

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Feb 20, 2020

Out of SBs, but LMAO

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Feb 20, 2020

Mega/Large Cap: Centerview
New Age Food & Beverage: HL & Piper Jaffray
New Age Consumer: Not sure that anyone dominates all verticals, though Piper strong here as well
BBs with a generally strong presence: GS, MS, BAML
MMs with a generally strong presence: Jefferies, HW, Blair, Baird, Lincoln (LMM)

Most of the shops will be strong in one or two verticals (F&B, restaurants, retail, consumer products, household products, etc.) and very few are strong across the board

Centerview for best overall large deals, HL & Piper Jaffray for Growth Oriented deals

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Feb 21, 2020
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Mega/Large Cap: Centerview
New Age Food & Beverage: HL & Piper Jaffray
New Age Consumer: Not sure that anyone dominates all verticals, though Piper strong here as well
BBs with a generally strong presence: GS, MS, BAML
MMs with a generally strong presence: Jefferies, HW, Blair, Baird, Lincoln (LMM)

Most of the shops will be strong in one or two verticals (F&B, restaurants, retail, consumer products, household products, etc.) and very few are strong across the board

Centerview for best overall large deals, HL & Piper Jaffray for Growth Oriented deals

This is 100% accurate.

Feb 24, 2020

Thank you!

Feb 22, 2020

Harvard undergrad to Morgan Stanley M&A >>>

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Feb 24, 2020
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Feb 29, 2020