Hi guys, long time reader but first post here.
I wanted to get thoughts from current investment bankers on the Corporate Development -> Investment Banking switch. I know that Corp Dev is an exit option for bankers but I want to do the other way round, mostly to position myself for a future goal. I also know that private equity may be a better option for me at this point but I really want to focus the discussion on IB.
I have deal experience as I executed the sale of the company I was working with. I have 8 years of experience (3 in corp dev, 5 in corp finance) and understand that there is no way to get a VP role at an I-bank and I am therefore considering an associate role. I just have a Master's degree, and I am a CFA charterholder.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever seen someone coming from an industry into an Associate/VP role without passing through the MBA recruiting process?