Going from REPE to Lifeco

Hi! I am a first year analyst at doing acquisitions at a well-regarded REPE firm and I'm looking to see what kind of options there are for someone in my shoes to move to a lifeco. While I find the work interesting and I'm learning a lot, I've come to the realization that the trade off between the comp and the lifestyle that the job demands just isn't worth it to me. So my question is: are there acquisition roles at lifecos for people with my level of experience (1.5 years when I'd be looking to make the jump)? And if so, what would be the best way to find, apply for, and ultimately get one of these jobs? Any insight would be greatly appreciated and if there's anyone out there who has made such a transition, I'd love to talk to you about it! 

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  • Associate 2 in RE - Comm
May 3, 2021 - 5:23pm

Now isn't a bad time to start networking with them to see. I would think LifeCos would be pretty adamant about the exp levels when joining as an associate so it may be best to parcel through their old associate postings to see what that threshold (in yrs) really is. 1.5 years seems pretty fresh imo; might need to hold out until you hit at least the 2-yr mark.

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May 5, 2021 - 4:29am


Which life co only does opportunistic deals? 

North American lifeco, don't want to name names, but one whose capital we look after, only invests in ground up developments or major/extensive value add plays

Granted some risk is mitigated by the planning status of these deals, but it's still not typical of what you'd expect from a lifeco

I also appreciate that I only see a portion of their capital, but my understanding is thag their allocation to real estate is predominantly at the value add spectrum at a minimum. They don't have much core.

So in that respect I've changed my initial post to value add/opportunistic 

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