Lazard Layoffs

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Anyone else can corroborate Lazard letting go a lot of associates throughout MM segment and the regular segment too? Heard through grapevine they are chopping heads. Is it hitting analysts too?

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Oct 10, 2019

No analysts, just associates. Was a handful in MM across NY, Chicago, Minny. Was more wide-spread at LAZ than LMM.

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Oct 10, 2019

Any insight as to why they are getting chopped? Feel like I'm hearing a lot of firms are starting to roll heads... harbinger of things to come across markets?

Oct 10, 2019
bbbank:

Any insight as to why they are getting chopped? Feel like I'm hearing a lot of firms are starting to roll heads... harbinger of things to come across markets?

Cost-cutting. Not sure, but M&A seems quite strong at the moment in many pockets.

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Oct 10, 2019

It's a service business at the end of the day. Scale & slice.

Oct 11, 2019

prepare for downturn. the bubble is gonna pop soon.

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Oct 11, 2019
CertifiedCDNUser:

prepare for downturn. the bubble is gonna pop soon.

I wasn't in the business during the last recession, but is there any difference between the disgusting amount of capital available (among corporates or sponsors) now vs. then (circa 2007)? I get that asset repricing is going to delay that capital being put to work to a degree, but it just seems like the floor is not that far down.

Oct 11, 2019

I think the situation with available capital and overinvestment is worse today than last time, because this time it comes on the heels of a decade of money printing by central banks and pulling forward of consumption. 2007 was similar but less extreme in that regard.

Oct 11, 2019

I don't have much to back this up (and someone who was in IB around 2008 can confirm) but I'd think Analysts are relatively safe from layoffs. You always need an analyst (i.e. cheapest grunt labor you can get) and a MD on a deal. You can probably live without an associate if you have a good VP who can roll up their sleeves.

This is assuming there is adequate deal flow..

Oct 11, 2019

Analysts are safer but they also absolutely get cut during downturns. And they did in last recession.

If you're a strong performer - you should be fine.

Oct 11, 2019

The opposite I would think.

You don't need a VP if you have a good associate/senior associate and they're cheaper

Oct 11, 2019

True but if you've ever been on an analyst/associate/MD team (I have after a VP left), it doesn't work unless the MD is extremely involved. A VP should be able to QB essentially the entire thing (outside of negotiations, final SPA stuff, etc.). An associate probably can't do that or isn't trusted to do that.

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Oct 11, 2019

One issue is firms are starting to promote analysts after 2 years now. Once they get the Associate title, they don't realize that they're actually A3s or ASO 0s. In any case, firm haven't adjusted the pace of promotion to VP. Hence, there's a thick layer of ASOs at firms now.

KC

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Oct 11, 2019

What you're saying makes a lot of sense. However on the other hand, I also know that just 18 months ago when I was checking out the market, every bank was begging for lateral associates. Like, overflowing demand.

But I also agree with what you're saying so I think the truth is in the middle and this Lazard story is more of a Lazard problem.

Oct 11, 2019

There's some trimming going on across the board. The trimming is associate and up - analysts get comped off cycle. 1Q leveraged finance activity was light and there's also a huge pipeline of tech IPOs that's now being probability aeighyed down given recent events

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Oct 11, 2019

UPDATE on Lazard situation from inside source: "...cutting across the whole firm, so MM and large-cap... It affected all levels and performers (weak to top). About 1/3 of the firm was chopped, and the Chicago office was eviscerated."

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Oct 11, 2019

1/3 of Laz was chopped? That's such a massive proportion of its, presumably, FO staff that's almost hard to believe..

Oct 11, 2019

Jesus... Hold on to your hats folks, things are getting shaky.

Oct 12, 2019

Doesn't Lazard Middle Market have much more headcount than Real Lazard in Chicago?

If so, this makes sense as the middle market firms tighten up for a recession.

Oct 12, 2019

1/3 of IBD FO?

Oct 11, 2019

I think we're at the beginning of something bigger here.

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Oct 12, 2019

Lazard is currently downsizing their India operations and recently some of the senior directors have joined other firms. Dunno why they would do this when they have been doing very well here tbh

Oct 12, 2019

Easy on the recession rhetoric. No one on this thread has mentioned that Lazard lost George Bilicic to Sempra Energy this year. Huge deal maker for the firm.

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Oct 13, 2019

it seems every time he left Lazard for a different place her returned within a year...interesting to see. great CV though...partner at law firm...MD in BB and EBs...MD in PE and now President of a massive firm.

Oct 13, 2019
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