Recruitment - (Dodgy) European Headhunting Firms

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Hi Monkeys -- I've recently come across a number of European headhunting firms which claim to represent a wide range of well known PE firms (particularly in the mid/lower mid market) but seem rather dodgy. Judging from their senior employees' LinkedIn profiles, they all seem to have ties to https://albertcliff.com/ which seems credible. Aside from Albert Cliff affiliation, some common features include: outreach over LinkedIn, wide range of supposed mandates (albeit on a non-exclusive basis), similar/identical websites (both layout and content), and oddly enough a combination of two anglo-saxon family names as firm names (fits 3/4 firms). 

My best guess is that they were set up by the Albert Cliff founders (as their LinkedIn profiles suggest) to aggregate CVs and send across pro actively to PE firms without diluting the Albert Cliff brand.

I'd be curious if anyone has experience working with them and what the downside is to sending them your CV if it turns out that they don't have any real mandates.

 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Sep 15, 2020 - 7:59am

all of them are sketchy

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  • Analyst 3+ in IB-M&A
Sep 15, 2020 - 10:12am

I've had interviews through both Carter Wahlberg and Albert Cliff with real PE funds, mostly MM continental Europe. They're not very good in comms and don't really respect that you don't want to be called out of the blue unless you very explicitly tell them

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