Can anyone provide some insight on working in finance in Asia (particularly Mainland China)? I grew up in the US and am working currently an IBD analyst in the US at a bulge bracket firm. I do have the language capability to work in China.
I would be interested in either working for a western fund, or for a local up-and coming but reputable firm, Hony, Saif, CDH, New Horizon are just some of the names in China I've come across on the web. Any other key players I should look into?
In any case it may be better and easier for me to reach out to head hunters/ recruiters first. Who are the main headhunting firms in the region that recruit at junior levels? How hard is it to get in touch with firms/head hunters when one is based in the US? What is the recruiting process like?... I hear Asia P/E recruiting starts way later than in the US (Where things are picking up already...)
Other things myself, and I'm sure many others out there would be interested in knowing are
1) Differences in culture compared to US (maybe firm-specific?)
2) Exposure to senior people
3) Exposure to clients
4) Work-life balance
7) MBA opportunities afterward
8) Compensation levels
Haven't seen many posts on this site in regards to this particular topic. Any insights would be greatly appreciated!