What would you pick between traditional PE and Canadian Pension Funds PE?

How would you also rank them? Worried about career progress and pay really moving from banking.



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Apr 24, 2019 - 5:37pm

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Jun 8, 2020 - 2:23pm

I'm assuming your referring to canada in particular and starting at a junior level. Anyway, the following only applies to Canada

Pension Funds
-Work on large global deals (ie. possibility to work on blockbuster deals)
-Easier to get promoted due to growing headcount (more true at some than others)
-Good work-life balance (generally speaking, there's variation)
-Internal mobility (both investment groups and office locations)

-Most still rely on partners to do deals and don't take control deals (ie. don't control process)
-Comp is capped and all regular income, significantly lower than at similar size fund
-Quality of senior professionals is generally lower (and at some of the fund you listed, just low overall)
-Very, VERY political
-Pressure to deploy capital makes it harder to spend time on PortCo

MM Funds
-Higher caliber senior professionals
-More responsibilities earlier on and better learning experience
-Much higher comp potential due to carry
-Independence (ie. in control of process)

-Mostly work on Canadian deals (with maybe a bit of US)
-Moving up is generally very difficult
-MM companies tend not to be very sexy

  • Associate 2 in PE - Other
Jun 27, 2020 - 10:51am

I know a few guys who crushed it at Canadian pensions and then moved into my shop or other shops ahead of where they would be if they had done IBD -> PE. They seem to know a fuckton of people (likely due to being LP coinvest capital) both at other shops and at Port Cos. Think IBD -> 4 years pension -> step before MD.

US focused and they were all in the direct equity practices.

  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Jun 30, 2020 - 8:39pm

This is actually correct lol - while not common, there are a few people who exited from Analysts at CPP to MFs

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