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Dec 10, 2015 - 2:41pm

GP Bullhound I-Bank Reviews? (Originally Posted: 02/10/2014)

Does anyone have any insight on this bank? Reputation? Culture? Exit Opps? Is this bank worth having on your resume? I'm looking for feedback on mostly it's USA division. Thanks!

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Dec 10, 2015 - 2:45pm

I worked at GPB for a year and a half in the London office. They are a respected player in lower- to mid-market TMT in Europe but are basically unknown in the US. The purpose of the US office is not to execute deals for US targets but to connect European targets with US investors and buyers. I would say they are definitely a good choice for someone who is specifically interested in TMT and who is based in Europe, who is not aiming to exit to a bulge PE. Would not otherwise recommend.

Culture wise - pretty flat although there are a couple of partners who are known to make life very difficult for their subordinates. Other analysts were cool as were most associates and VPs.

Compensation - decent enough, but you won`t feel you are being "well paid". For the same hours you could make more at somewhere like Centerview Partners. Also seems to be a degree of favouritism re: bonus payouts but that`s not unique to this bank by any means!

Quality of work - I thought was generally very good, got excellent exposure and responsibility. I was working on M&A, private placeements and also doing sector research, in general across ecommerce, cleantech, online legal services, satellite hardware...lots of variety and learned a lot. Smallest dealsize was c. $10m, largest $200m, typically in the $30-50m range.

Hours - not as crushing as bulge, but long. Normally get in at 8am and in until at least 10/11, frequently later as an analyst. Weekends were either completely free or had some work for half the day on Saturday, rarely had to work the full weekend unless super super busy.

Exit opps - guys in the UK office left for VC (Octopus Investments) + PE (UBS). In the US, I`ve seen one analyst leave for a top-ranked MBA and the other for a mid-market M&A advisory. In my case I exited for corp dev at a Japanese mobile gaming company, so it was the perfect springboard - no regrets.

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Oct 30, 2020 - 7:33am

Curios to know what fees they charge considering their deal sizes are quite small? I.e for a GBP30m transaction what would their fee be? 

Dec 10, 2015 - 2:47pm

My friend was an associate in the London office. Overall he had positive things to say about the senior bankers, culture, deal flow and hours. Pay was average. He left for more money elsewhere given the hours he was putting in were on par with other boutiques that may pay more. In terms of the USA office, I have heard it has hired bankers significantly in the past two years and is making a big push to become independent of the other offices. It has completed a number of deals in the US recently. Sounds like a big change from three years ago. I definitely would say the London office is the best group however.

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