Marlin Equity: rep, performance and interview process

Does anyone know anything about Marlin Equity Partners? They're a PE in LA and I'd like to know what their rep is like, performance and what the interview process is like?

Thanks!

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Mar 19, 2012 - 5:33pm

Group interviews mostly. The guy who interviewed all of us, Jim Young, was definitely a hardass. They literally kicked me out of the room because I already passed the Series 7. What kind of bullshit is that?

Reference:

I hate victims who respect their executioners
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Mar 20, 2012 - 10:16am

RagnarDanneskjold:
^ ha I was waiting for a JT Marlin reference.

LOL

Who the hell even names their firm that after that movie? It's like naming your kid Adolf.

Get busy living
 
Mar 20, 2012 - 10:38am

Marlin?

He's my father.

He's my mother.

I eat success for breakfast...with skim milk
 
Apr 23, 2015 - 9:05am

They invest mostly in software/tech but also in services, industrials, consumer. Think of cross between Vista and Gores (several ex heads of Gores are at Marlin now). Understand Marlin has tier 1 returns and is growing very fast which is a major positive (look at AUM trajectory of last 5 funds). They also have a flexible mandate so they compete against top growth equity funds, midmarket funds, turnaround funds depending on the type of deal, but they are also competing against the big names e.g. Advent, KKR in the upper mid market. Will be interesting to see what happens - the next fund could be $3bn-$5bn if they continue to perform as historically. Based on their website, they're also attracting ex bankers from top firms/schools e.g. wharton, yale, / GS, MS, HL, etc. If you're making a decision between a large $8bn+ p/e shop and marlin, it depends on what you want. There is probably a lot more long term upside at marlin (which could grow into a $8bn fund in a few years) but there is also more risk. some of that risk is mitigated by a conservative investment approach and given marlin's high degree of operational expertise (especially in TMT).

 
  • Analyst 3+ in Consulting
Apr 24, 2020 - 2:33pm

This didn't age too poorly all things considered... still on the same trajectory of AUM increases (close to $3B most recent fund), launched a growth fund, launched a Europe strategy. Wonder about business school placement?

 
  • Business School in PE - LBOs
Apr 24, 2020 - 3:32pm

While this is TRANSPARENTLY an ad for the fund. Frankly my guy did exactly what he said. Whoever joined Marlin in '14 is likely in a sweet spot today. Probably year 3 VP, vested some nic carry etc

 
Nov 9, 2016 - 8:17pm

So... JT Marlin is real?

Commercial Real Estate Developer

 
Nov 9, 2016 - 8:24pm

They invest mostly in software/tech but also in services, industrials, consumer. Think of cross between Vista and Gores (several ex heads of Gores are at Marlin now). Understand Marlin has tier 1 returns and is growing very fast which is a major positive (look at AUM trajectory of last 5 funds). They also have a flexible mandate so they compete against top growth equity funds, midmarket funds, turnaround funds depending on the type of deal, but they are also competing against the big names e.g. Advent, KKR in the upper mid market. Will be interesting to see what happens - the next fund could be $3bn-$5bn if they continue to perform as historically. Based on their website, they're also attracting ex bankers from top firms/schools e.g. wharton, yale, / GS, MS, HL, etc. If you're making a decision between a large $8bn+ p/e shop and marlin, it depends on what you want. There is probably a lot more long term upside at marlin (which could grow into a $8bn fund in a few years) but there is also more risk. some of that risk is mitigated by a conservative investment approach and given marlin's high degree of operational expertise (especially in TMT).

 
Feb 15, 2018 - 4:31pm

Bumping for a more updated view! Also curious about Freeman & Spogli and Brentwood if people have a view.

Array
 
Feb 18, 2018 - 12:12am

Have their traditional control fund and a newer growth fund. Invest in both software and services. I'd say they lean towards value buyers. Very solid, just they don't chase, or buy the super high-flyers someone like Vista does. Prefer to have EBITDA, and lower growth ~5-10% is fine. Also go international a decent amount to find opportunities. They've obviously done well with raising larger funds.

 
  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 26, 2020 - 7:18pm

Bumping this as well. Curious as to what people have to say, have heard so many mixed / contradicting things. Heard great rep but struggled a lot recently. Anyone have actual insight into culture / WLB?

 
  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Sep 5, 2020 - 5:46am

Anyone has experience with the case study? What kind of business / industry would that be?

 
Jan 13, 2021 - 10:21pm

Firm is a well-respected software shop that formerly focused more on carve-outs/value but has expanded to growthier investments lately. If you track the team page, they've continued to expand hiring (likely with AUM) (e.g., increasingly larger associate classes, adding to internal ops team).

 
  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jan 14, 2021 - 3:33am

Have heard that associates across both funds grind hard and firm overall is very sweaty

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