Los Angeles Financial Sponsors Groups

New to WSO and am looking to recruit for a SA internship next fall. I go to a target school in the east coast but am originally from LA. I decided that I'll probably stay in the west coast upon graduation.

I'm looking to ultimately recruit for PE after my analyst stint, therefore Financial Sponsors is probably the group I'm most interested in. I know the west coast has some solid FSG shops, but was wondering if someone can fill me in? As I don't go to school here, it's a bit hard to know. Been reading through the forums but many of them are outdated and I would like some more feedback.

Looking for feedback specifically on:
Barclays LA
BAML SF (I believe they have a small FSG shop?)
Wells Fargo SF
Any other notable west coast FSG groups I may have missed

Would like to know more about exit opps, culture, and pay/perks


Comments (13)

May 17, 2016

financial sponsors doesn't place nearly as well as M&A and lev fin groups

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May 17, 2016

While I'm sure M&A and Lev Fin place well, I've heard that top FSG groups (CS, MS, Barclays) also place well into PE, since they're primarily working with PE firms.

Maybe someone with expertise here can shed some light on this?

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Mar 5, 2020

This is 100% inaccurate for his question

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Mar 5, 2020

Barclays LA has excellent placement, plus their work/life balance is probably the best on the street. CS LA is a sweatshop, but places well. Moelis' (they do a good amount of sponsor work) work/life is improving by quite a bit, and they place really well.

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May 17, 2016

CS LA is something like 40-ish people, and does work independent of the NY office (in other words, not a satellite office). I don't know the specific nature of the exits but PE comes as a natural progression to most analysts in the office. Pretty close knit culture- I know two junior guys in the group.

May 17, 2016


Jul 15, 2016

Leonard Green Platinum Equity

Credit Suisse LA:
Solid shops in LA are the ones already mentioned from what I have heard / seen
12-14': Oaktree (1), General Atlantic

May 18, 2016

CS LA is a top group, but their culture/worklife sucks.
BAML SF and Barclays LA are tiny groups, but I believe they are well regarded in the FSG space. Maybe someone can elaborate here since I don't know too much about them.

Does anyone know if there are even any other west coast FSG groups besides the one OP listed?

May 18, 2016

OP If you want to stay on the WC, you should add Moelis LA to the top of your list. They are the best group on the west coast for PE placement on a percentage basis and they place at some of the best buyside firms.

For Barclays LA:
10-12': Apollo (1), Corpdev (1)

CS LA places way better.

May 19, 2016

Well, I'm looking for good placement but also good culture. I've heard that CS and Moelis are sweatshops. I'd like a good balance so am probably more interested in Barclays, MS, and BAML.

Jul 17, 2016

Quick LinkedIn search shows 2013-present Barclays LA placed 2 into Ares, 2 into Leonard Green, 1 into Marlin Equity Partners, and 1 A-to-A promote. Not sure about others

May 26, 2016


  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Mar 5, 2020