Project Finance for a government agency


I was curious if anyone had any insight on what it is like working in a project finance role for a government agency? The position would be working on 3P infrastructure transactions for the most part. How are the exit opps after a role like this? Are you branded as a government or project finance guy for life? Or can you play up the modelling component of the job and break into IBD/AM if you leave soon enough?


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Dec 8, 2016


Dec 8, 2016

P3 you should use that if you want the job. You will also definitely be branded as a public finance or government roll for life or possibly a infra pe fund but probably not direct.

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Dec 8, 2016

Thanks for the response. Damn so would MBA be the only way to escape? Any chance of moving over to a public finance group at a bank first and then trying to internally move to IB?

Dec 8, 2016

It's definitely possible although not likely

Dec 9, 2016

I disagree. I have a lot of experience with public sector groups of management consulting and IB firms. I think a gov job analyzing P3s and building models would be a great start, and way to connect with a lot of players in the space. You'll prob be working directly with top advisory groups from consulting firms and banks.

So yea, if you want to get into infrastructure or some kind of public finance related group, and don't have a spot at Macquarie or Goldman, I think it's a good opportunity. MBA programs probably eat that shit up too if you're smart

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Dec 9, 2016

What kind of 'infrastructure' transactions are you referring to? I work for a developer that does both conventional development projects as well as P3's, and I must say they P3 market is expanding significantly (especially in higher ed).

I cannot speak for IBD or AM exit opps, but if the projects you are working on go beyond road and bridge contracts, then I think you will have some solid experience to get into private development. I'm not sure what government agency you are referring to, but on the P3 deals I have seen, the unversity, church, whatever non-profit is involved usually contributes their land equity into the deal. My point is that you will actually have a slice of the deal beyond ground lease payments.

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Dec 9, 2016