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May 17, 2011 - 10:23am

Ares, are you referring to the BDC? If so, it is public. You should be able to pull information on them from their filings.

KKR is also public and you should be able to find more information about the operations. It may not answer all of your questions, but if you are looking for an internship/job, pay should be low on the priority until you get an offer.

May 17, 2011 - 10:33am

Thanks goalieman, I will check those out. What I really meant was anything from people who have dealt with them, worked there, friend who worked there, etc.

Also - anyone with info on Tennenbaum Capital Partners? Forgot to add that one.

May 17, 2011 - 11:53am

Mostly credit-focused, which is unsurprising-basically leveraging the PE brand name and having a captive funding source for some of their own deals.

All three of places you named have mezz, distressed, and CLO/par loan capabilities.

From what I've heard pay and hours are both lower than in the buyout arms.

Last I heard Ares still had a lot of crappy assets they absorbed from Allied Capital.

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May 17, 2011 - 12:20pm

hours are generally better than pe

pay generally lower at junior levels but with potentially faster promotion track/higher upside

most are credit or distressed/special sits focused, though kkr does equity long/short now as well

also, i would characterize oaktree more as a hedge fund with a pe arm than otherwise

May 17, 2011 - 2:17pm

Know a guy at Sankaty (which is basically the same general concept) who went straight out of undergrad; he's been there 3 years now and last I heard from him he doesn't plan to go for business school.

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May 17, 2011 - 2:40pm

of the firms you listed, i know ares cap markets doesnt require mba (and many midlevel and senior guys dont have one), pretty sure kkr doesnt, no idea about oaktree

i know sankaty has a reputation for very fast promotion if you're good

May 17, 2011 - 3:43pm

Most major sponsors have a debt arm nowadays, especially if you include mezz funds (which are usually structured more like a PE fund than a hedge fund); most big ones manage across the capital structure (senior loans to mezz/distressed). Besides Ares, KKR, BX (GSO), Bain (Sankaty), and Oaktree as mentioned, there're also credit arms at TPG, Carlyle, etc.

There's also sometimes drift the other way-SAC's buyout arm is spinning off, and some firms target a completely hybrid approach (Cerberus, Centerbridge).

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May 17, 2011 - 6:23pm
analystforhire:
Don't wanna hijack but any word on Tennenbaum?

I've only ever seen them in distressed transactions, ie reorg/bankruptcy/DIP/distressed recap-they'll take control but I haven't ever seen them in what I'd call a vanilla PE investment (ie a classic buyout).

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May 17, 2011 - 6:05pm

Also, you can take advantage of the fact that the bigger players are starting to go public. BX and KKR investor day presentations do a good job going over non-PE investing activities of the firms, though the BX one is a bit dated now. I would expect we'll be seeing more disclosure from Apollo going forward as well.

http://ir.blackstone.com/common/download/download.cfm?companyid=BX&fileid=404552&filekey=4685ab3d-d00c-4715-aad0-7a626fb8d89c&filename=2010_Blackstone_Investor_Day.pdf

http://www.kkr.com/kkr_ir/events_disclaimer.cfm?mypdf=/common/download/download.cfm?companyid=KKR&fileid=450299&filekey=6e765300-c843-44cf-8687-46c9017693eb&filename=Investor%20Day%20Website%20Book.pdf&KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=165&width=590

May 21, 2011 - 11:58am

HF arm of MM PE shop: opinions? (Originally Posted: 08/07/2008)

I have been looking to move from MBB to PE, but recently was referred to the newly formed HF (L/S equity and credit) arm of a top-flight east coast MM PE shop. Having mostly been looking at PE, I'm somewhat unfamiliar with the HF spectrum and would really appreciate input on how this might compare to other HF opportunities and also at the MM PE opportunities I've been looking at in terms of:

Exit opps (to PE, HF, etc.)
Comp
Lifestyle
Culture
Interest of work / "action" seen

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

May 21, 2011 - 11:59am

Have the offer now, so I'm even more curious. What is the long-term outlook for fundamental long equity-focused HF investing? How does it compare to other areas in the HF industry? I would really appreciate any insight.

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