SF Banking

Recent threads on LA banking have been very helpful and I want to extend the west coast conversation to San Francisco. If anybody has a good feel for the banking scene here, could you please share your thoughts / experiences? Especially interested in learning more about GS, MS, JEF, CVP, Laz and any other reputable firms that come to mind in this area. TIA!

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  • Prospect in AM - Other
Mar 3, 2021 - 3:57pm

Shout out Qatalyst for your list. $54,045mm in transaction size for 2020 only doing tech. 

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Mar 3, 2021 - 4:05pm

Top players in the space: Qatalyst, GS and MS...Qatalyst arguably the best of the three. The next three arguably are EvercoreLazard (works with Google/IBM a lot) and JPM. (Centerview in that mix potentially as well). CS and BOFA are strong as well. 

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Mar 3, 2021 - 7:19pm

There's a clear top 3: Qatalyst, GS, MS

  • Qatalyst does almost all the high profile M&A these days
  • GS and MS split the rest and split all the high profile IPOs

After that, I'd put JPM. Evercore has been climbing recently as well. Lazard is ok too.

Then you have BAML, Citi, CS that all do fine but not great

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Mar 5, 2021 - 1:42pm

From speaking with friends and bankers in SF there's as many people who hate it this much as there are people who love it.

Apr 10, 2021 - 2:12am

Did you move to NYC after SF/know anyone that did? I've been in SF for a bit over a year and am hoping to stay in banking, but move to NYC (family). How common is this both, considering both internal mobility and going to another bank?

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Mar 5, 2021 - 3:16pm

Fucking hell there's a new thread on this same topic like every 6 weeks, just use  the search function guys lol

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Mar 5, 2021 - 5:16pm

Completely agree, half of the threads are duplicate information. It's ridiculous people cannot use the search function

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Mar 26, 2021 - 12:13pm

Ah yes, because each incremental thread is so cumbersome to you on this free internet platform, sorry to inconvenience you, managing director.

Or, some threads might be out dated? Information changes? The search bar on this site kinda sucks? Hilarious how hard people mentally get off to saying "oh this has been discussed ad nauseam plz srch" when the last useful post is from like 2015.

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