This is a throwaway account since I'm a regular poster but want to be anonymous.
Graduating from a target soon. I recently got an offer for an active corporate development team at a large energy company (think SLB/HAL/PAA/KMI/EOG/COP). It's a strong company and we'd be doing about 10 or so acquisitions each year with most targetsbetween $100MM to $200MM. I'd likely see at least one deal in the $500MM to $1BN range but might not. Either way, it's a small team and I'd definitely get great deal experience.
The current environment has me a bit worried and even though this team has historically had pretty good exits, I'm debating on whether to pursue an opportunity at a larger MM IB (think/RJ/ ) doing generalist M&A. Their placements aren't great but have been getting better recently.
My goal is to get up to NYC (neither job is up there) for a few years at a buyside shop, ideally PE. I'm not looking to get into a MF or anything like that, looking more for something in the half to a couple billion range. Obviously IB offers the traditional route but I'm pretty green when it comes to PE recruiting so I don't know how much access I would get to headhunters at a MM bank. I likely wouldn't get access at the CD role but the senior people are known to help find exits.
Does F100 Corp. Dev. at an active acquirer set me up for PE better than a larger MM IB? Would I have access to jobs in NYC through headhunters if I was a top quartile performer at one of the above banks?
Thanks in advance.