Credit Suisse Top Groups

I saw an earlier thread about culture at different groups at CS, but wanted to hear everyone's thoughts on the top groups for deal flow, exit ops, general presitige, ect. Is sponsors and levfin still top? I saw a few earlier threads saying this but wanted to see if anything has changed


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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Dec 18, 2020 - 1:51pm

According to the company's recent investor update, their sponsors / leveraged finance franchise is #1 on the Street YTD. They are also top 5 in global M&A deals and have been involved in some high-profile tech deals.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Dec 18, 2020 - 2:12pm

CS analyst in NYC. Not sure where the LFOR hype comes from (and isn't really thought about from my perspective), but internally the hierarchy generally goes (in terms of deal flow, exits ops):

1. Sponsors (not quite as dominant from an analyst POV as before, still probably the best group for exits but tied with M&A, much better culture than M&A)

2. M&A (rising in terms of ops, but bad culture)

3. T / MT (MT is probably considered stronger, but not sure since this is the first year this has happened. good culture. Good exits consistently but only for a few people) 

4. GIG (good deal flow, not great WLB, like TMT good exits consistently but only for a few people per class)

5. REGAL (good group and culture, decent exits but obviously niche)

6. Healthcare (good ECM work, but not great M&A)

7. Consumer (OK deal flow, OK exits, not good culture)
8. FIG (grind, OK deal flow, bad culture, OK exits)

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Dec 18, 2020 - 2:24pm

Leveraged finance and sponsors are synonymous in CS's case because the Sponsors group runs the model for all PE-backed deals, much like traditional LevFin groups at other banks. Historically, CS has been one of the best banks in the leveraged loan space.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Dec 18, 2020 - 2:31pm

Yes, but there is a separate LFOR group which gets a lot of hype. Don't know much about them and within the bank is not really sought after, since yes, you are right, Sponsors is basically a hybrid relationship / LevFin group for any sponsor deal, which is the main driver of CS' LevFin practice

  • Business School in IB - Ind
Dec 19, 2020 - 1:09pm

Former CS analyst here. I happen to agree with this list

What are some of the top groups at the Associate level? Is it still Sponsors?

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Dec 19, 2020 - 1:18pm

I have multiple friends at the firm and have heard levfin along with sponsors are the top groups because they both do well in the levfin league tables, offer good deal flow and good technical experience. If I had to do group selection I would put sponsors, levfin, M&A, tech then industrials but that is just me. 

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Dec 19, 2020 - 6:23pm

LFOR is only talked about because it gets tied to the Sponsors Levfin work. CS sponsors Levfin is always near top of the street. LFOR works with corporate clients - in this space, CS is not top of the street. 

LFOR is a pretty good group, but not comparable to sponsors. Seems like the exits from the group are typically random MM shops (mix of debt and more traditional PE) with the occasional brand name mixed in there

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Dec 19, 2020 - 4:29pm

I don't work at the bank but other alumni from my school have and it seems that LFOR has had some decent PE placement? Seen a number go to stronger MM shops.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Dec 22, 2020 - 10:44am

Good list to what I know but from what I've seen for FIG is probably ahead of REGAL and Consumer especially after the last 2 years. Great rep across the street and top 3 FIG deal flow over the last 24 months working on every FIG mega merger in that period

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jan 21, 2021 - 1:16pm

CS bankers are always known for their good sports and abilities to take a joke.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Jan 17, 2021 - 11:56pm

Good group overall to be in. They do this weird process where analysts are assigned to specific sectors of industrials (like mining or chemicals). Good exits every year but I think that there are only a few (they have a big class, and like 4-5 will get good exits, rest are random). Great deal flow at CS. Sweaty and grind culture, but wouldn't necessarily say "bad culture," they just work really hard. Bigger analyst class. A pretty typical above-average coverage group overall

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 5, 2021 - 12:30am

Would love to hear more about the Healthcare team, specifics beyond "heard they're strong, solid deal flow.." if anybody has any experience/deeper knowledge about the team, thanks

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Apr 5, 2021 - 9:57am

Can anyone speak about their Tech or Media & Telecom teams? I heard they are now separate?

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Ind
May 1, 2021 - 6:42pm

Incoming anl at CS. Tech is seen as better and is more highly sought after in group placement for sure. M&T is less media more telecom (boring imo) but CS has a few big accounts with repeat business. Tech covers internet, software, and semis so you get a very broad experience and can focus on what you're interested in (the former two have more equity - company profiles better for VC/growth exits, the latter is much more M&A, debt, modeling - better for PE).

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