Moving from CEE HF to LondonSubscribe
First, a little bit about my background: I'm a year two analyst at a long/short equity hedge fund (~$200-300m AUM) based in CEE (think Czech Rep./Poland/Hungary). We invest globally, though mostly in the US and regional (CEE) stocks. I got my position straight from the University, a top one regionally, although I know that it doesn't really help when compared to LSE and similar schools. Prior to that I have completed a couple of internships at several respectable local PE shops and and internship at an MBB firm (local office).
I am very well paid (it's just 5 of us here total in the investment team), get tons of responsibility and great learning experience at my current firm. However, as the local HF industry is quite limited in opportunities, I have been thinking about moving to London to further develop my career.
Here's where I could use some help: do you think I can have a shot at recruiting in London? For all of my HF career I have been almost exclusively covering stocks in Western Europe/US. Also, with a bit of help from my PM here and there, now I've got the investment process on my ideas practically run by myself (idea generation, research, execution and position maintenance). From the standpoint of being able to "do the job" I think I should be fine, however I am aware that coming from CEE/not having Oxford/Cambridge/LSE diploma/not having bulge bracket name on my resume can be a pretty big chip on my shoulder, which in turn would make it hard/impossible for me to get in front of the headhunters/prospective employers in the first place.
Could anyone give me a clue whether this idea is doomed or, if not, how should I try to approach it to have at least minimal chances of succeeding?