Project Finance - Macquarie vs BNP Paribas

I received two offers from Macquarie and BNP Paribas as an associate in their project finance team. Both teams are cordial and offer similar compensation.

Who would you guys pick? Somethings to considered are work/life balance and long-term career growth. Was wondering if both banks offer any perks and benefits that are worth mentioning? Does anyone have first-hand knowledge working for both banks and how they are like?

Thank you!

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Nov 21, 2013 - 11:52pm

which office?

Those who can, do. Those who can't, post threads about how to do it on WSO.
Nov 22, 2013 - 12:35am

Is maquarie a project finance position as well? If so, def maquarie, as they're leaders in the space. Also, imagine to put up with all that smelly french cheese in a BNP office when trying to put together a pitch book.

"Yes. Money has been a little bit tight lately, but at the end of my life, when I'm sitting on my yacht, am I gonna be thinking about how much money I have? No. I'm gonna be thinking about how many friends I have and my children and my comedy albums."
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Nov 22, 2013 - 12:55am

Macquarie is in LA, BNP is in NYC.

Macquarie is P3 focused, a lot of infrastructure and toll roads. BNP is focused on renewables and power. I have 3+ years in power/renewables experience and transitioning to P3 shouldn't be too bad (just have to understand transit studies and concession agreements).

Macquarie is definitely a leader in the space, but how is their work/life balance? Not sure what BNP is up to these days although they just closed the First Wind Term Loan B deal.

Nov 22, 2013 - 12:58am

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