MIRA FT Analyst vs MF FT Analyst

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Got offers to both Analyst programs - both withing Infra groups (MIRA is completely Infra). These are the benefits I see of both:

MIRA - Much less Churn and direct path to senior roles, no need for MBA, much better culture (less Type-A hardos), extremely well known in Infra

MF - Higher starting pay slightly but likely more pay over time(?), bigger brand name in Finance, more access to investment groups and people outside Infra

Overall, I'm leaning towards MIRA as I love Infra and can see my self building a career in this space. Anything else I should be considering?  

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  • Prospect in PE - LBOs
Sep 1, 2020 - 9:44am

Don't know why this has me as prospect here. But first year associate at a infra only fund and would also lean MIRA here. The fact is that many MFs with infra arms don't compete at the specialized level with infra only firms, and with MIRA's scale, it's the 800 lb gorilla in the space. If the MF's mandate is also heavily focused on the US (which I think it is if I'm guessing correctly), would mean you have better deal flow as well given the frothy valuations in infrastrucrure right now, especially in the US with significant capital chasing deals.

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  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Sep 1, 2020 - 2:45pm

I'll take the alternative view here for your benefit just so you can see both sides of this. Agree with everything the above poster said (MIRA is the beast in the space). If you love infra, love the team, and know its what you want to do, then go for it. However, it is worth considering the following - the MF will give you a degree of flexibility 2-4 years out of undergrad that you simply won't get at MIRA. Who knows, you may hate infra, hate PE, hate finance...the MF will give you a much clearer exit to wherever you want to go (whether that be tech, BSchool, HF, corp fin etc.) after your analyst stint. Depending on which MF you are talking about, the analyst program will likely be a world-class training experience and one of the best places to start a career in finance.

Either way, it sounds like you can't go wrong here (esp. given that you love infra). Congrats on the offers and best of luck. 

 
  • Associate 2 in PE - Other
Sep 1, 2020 - 11:51pm

Flipside here - take the free namebrand "option" and go with the more start-up type group - the MF where there is more white space for you to crush it as a professional. 

Argument being - probably no white space left at MIRA, all industry plays they have a guy/gal who does it.  At the MF in 3-4 years, you have the ability to be the "rail guy" the "hydro deals guy" versus MIRA has already been around the block there. 

Sure MIRA was a great place to be 10 years ago, but now theres alot of competition in MIRA and the groups lean pretty young anyways, so you may run into "owning" your own vertical issues. 

Would make sure the MF is (i) not 2-4 and out and (ii) that its actually run by an infra professional and not a PE professional so you learn better. 

 
  • Intern in IB-M&A
Sep 2, 2020 - 11:54am

Congrats! Which offer did you end up choosing?

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