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Jul 28, 2010

Parthenon

Jul 28, 2010

BCG has PE work, although probably less than Bain/McKinsey

Jul 30, 2010

Anyone heard of "Gotham Consulting Partners"? Any insights about their size, specialty, firm culture or any hands-on experience form Gotham ? Thanks !

Jul 30, 2010

Tried their website?

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Jul 30, 2010

MBB (Bain more so than BCG and McKinsey), LEK, Oliver Wyman

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Jul 30, 2010

MMB, Oliver Wyman, LEK, etc

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Jul 30, 2010
blastoise:

MMB, Oliver Wyman, LEK, etc

I doubt you would see anyone in PE with a consulting background that is not from one of the above firms.

Jul 30, 2010

Interested

Jul 30, 2010

Bain is more PE-focused than McKinsey, which is more PE-focused than BCG. But if your goal is to get a deal-side job at a PE fund, it's MBB, then everyone else.

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Jul 30, 2010
2x2Matrix:

Bain is more PE-focused than McKinsey, which is more PE-focused than BCG. But if your goal is to get a deal-side job at a PE fund, it's MBB, then everyone else.

Exactly. MBB will send the vast majority of the consulting -> PE candidates.

Jul 30, 2010

Have you checked out Oliver Wyman?

Jul 30, 2010

Yep thanks for the suggestion, I know they do a lot in financial services but it doesn't look like they have a PE specific group- I'd imagine they have engagements in that area given their breadth

Jul 30, 2010

I read the Mck one...isn't that stuff supposed to be what the PE firm does?

Jul 30, 2010

Yeah, my thoughts are on similar lines. In fact, in the case I mentioned above the client from the private equity side was himself an ex-M/B/B consultant and that is what got me curious as to what unique capability or value does a consulting firm bring to the table ( Industry network? niche domain knowledge?) . Like I said, any real life example would be interesting to hear...

Jul 30, 2010

for a lot of reasons, a couple ones on top of my head include

  • when industry is very specific and extensive industry knowledge is required, consultants make better industry charts/projections regarding industry trend than bankers (they just copy from research reports). especially since PE build their own models in most cases, what is really value add from outside counsels are assumption inputs and arguments of them
  • greenfield industries where a lot of initial market assessment needs to be done. if something is not covered by research reports then bankers are pretty much clueless
Jul 30, 2010

whilst consultants might not copy info from research reports they still rely on their internal research teams to pull the info.

Jul 30, 2010
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