I'd really appreciate your insight and career advice. I know there are several posts relating to "how small is too small for a boutique IB," but I haven't seen any threads that discuss how small is too small as far as individual deal size.
I'm interviewing with a lower (emphasis on lower) middle market M&A shop that targets deals in the $5-10 million range with occasional deals in the $25-50 million range. They have a headcount of 200 employees in about 10 countries, and the regional office that I'm interviewing at currently has 4 people in it.
I have 2 questions.
1) My primary question is, would the experience I'd gain as an Associate working on $5-10million deals form a non brand name firm be marketable at all to grad schools or provide any exit ops?
2) I do have other options, and I'd really appreciate some input from you wise monkeys.
As a brief background on myself, I'm a CFA Level III candidate and have always wanted to work on deals via IB and PE. I graduated from a non target school and have been working in FP&A / finance ops for a micro/mid cap company for 2.5 years. The company was acquired by a F500 and I got some exposure to the deal.
I'm interviewing for FP&A at a large cap company, back office at a hedge fund with $1.1 billion AUM, and a regional CRE shop as a RE analyst. Which do you think would have the most marketability to grad school and exit ops to front office/ IB / PE? Would any of them be attractive to a MM or BB investment bank after grad school?
Thanks for your responses. Greatly appreciated!