Views on PWP in 2020

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What is Perella Weinberg's current reputation on the street for deal flow, exits, culture etc? I have not seen many recent threads discussing PWP in 2019/2020. How would you compare it to banks like Evercore or Moelis?

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Apr 2, 2020

Evercore > Moelis >> PWP

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Apr 2, 2020

Lol "Prospect"

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Apr 2, 2020

Lol "EU_prospect"

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB-M&A
Apr 2, 2020

Have heard good things about the culture. Deal flow/exits perspective is EVR>MC>PWP.

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Apr 2, 2020

PWP has the best exit opps to business school (HBS)

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB-M&A
Apr 2, 2020

True, founders really help with that. Was more referring to traditional IB exits, not biz school.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 2, 2020

I'd agree that it goes EVR > Moelis > PWP, but Perella is still doing well. They've been expanding and are getting some pretty significant deals, including airline restructuring from the treasury, impressive given they're pretty small.

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB-M&A
Apr 2, 2020

Not that PWP getting the mandate isn't impressive, but the other boutiques are likely advising the debtors and could not be on the deal because of conflict.

The same can be said for the BBs and why they didn't get these mandates - very high possibility that they've done some form of lending or syndication.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 2, 2020

How Does PWP compare to firms like Greenhill or Guggenheim? Recruiting at all three right now.

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Apr 2, 2020

Guggenheim > PWP > Greenhill

Think PWP/Gugg could be a tossup depending on the group

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  • Prospect in IB - Gen
Apr 2, 2020

Perella does a lot of work with O&G and significantly more deal flow for rx

Apr 2, 2020

Believe Guggenheim RX (Millstein) is stronger than PWP RX
You're right about O&G Houston

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Apr 2, 2020

How would you rank PWP versus a bulge bracket?

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 2, 2020

Would probably put it in the same area as CS/Barclays/Citi if you're in one of their larger hubs. I know people who regularly chose it over those BB's if they had both offers, but that was also for the London office. Another thing to note is that PWP is pursuing a pretty aggressive expansion strategy in certain markets (like Europe), as shown by them opening up two new offices in Paris and Germany. Ultimately, it definitely ranks lower than some other EB's, but it also is on an upward trajectory.

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Apr 2, 2020

What about over B of A or JPM or MS?

Apr 2, 2020

What about over B of A or JPM or MS?

Apr 2, 2020

What about over B of A or JPM or MS?

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 2, 2020

I personally know a few that chose PWP over B of A and JPM, but it's much more of a toss up between the two than CS/Citi/Barclays, which is why I didn't include it in the previous group. Ultimately, a lot of it can also come down to whether or not you prefer an EB or a BB. Those that chose PWP over B of A or JPM had always preferred the EB structure, or they wanted to pursue something that BB's don't offer, such as RX.

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Apr 2, 2020

BB : EB
GS/MS : Evercore/PJT
JPM: Lazard/Moelis/Centerview
BAML/CS/Barclays/Citi : Guggenheim/PWP/Greenhill
DB / UBS : Rothschild / Jefferies

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Apr 2, 2020

Pretty accurate

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Apr 4, 2020

Centerview is definitely on par with EVR/PJT (and I say that as an EVR employee). Huge deals, huge pay.

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  • Analyst 1 in PE - Other
Apr 26, 2020

Speaking with friends across a variety of EBs, including PJT EVR and HL, I've actually gotten the impression that exits-wise Moelis might be better than you think. Sweat shop reputation plus diverse deal experience makes a Moelis-minted analyst something any PE shop can trust. EVR places analysts into industry groups right off the bat, so if you're doing RE or FIG, your exits may be narrowed to those types of funds.

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Apr 29, 2020

Jefferies isn't even a boutique what are you even on about

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
May 9, 2020

this is not accurate at all.. PWP is a tier above

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Apr 3, 2020

Cannot speak for the whole firm, but know two guys that worked in the healthcare M&A team and had decent exits:

  • C-suite of a notable MedTech start-up (think series B level, 100+ employees etc)
  • MM Healthcare PE firm in London

I've been told that the HC team is quite good there.

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  • Prospect in Other
May 9, 2020

did the analyst exit into the c suite?

May 9, 2020

It was an Associate and yes, right to the C-suite

Apr 3, 2020

Solid reputation & dealflow. Not as much of a meatgrinder as a couple of its peers

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Apr 4, 2020

Does anyone have info on what it's strongest groups are and how they compare to other top groups on the street? Does PWP have any groups that place really well?

Also, someone mentioned the b-school pipeline. Is that actually true?

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Apr 4, 2020

Think that PWP is on par with Moelis. EVR definitely > PWP in terms of PE exits. Would also consider size of firm versus size of deals. PWP is much, much smaller than Moelis or EVR in terms of # of analysts.

My impression is :

EVR / PJT / Centerview

Moelis / PWP / Lazard

Rothschild / Guggenheim

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Apr 4, 2020

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Apr 4, 2020

agree about all of that, but gugg/roths have a significant disadvantage save for a couple of coverage groups at gugg and rx at roths

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Apr 4, 2020

I agree - the mass of prospects and college kids who repost ranks miss the reality which is that being at any of those shops (and more) will give you all the looks you need. The disparity in exits tend to be less on the firm name but more the quality of the analyst, which tend to be better at certain firms, as well as the deal flow and experience that the analyst gets which can then inform their interview and their overall finance knowledge.

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  • Prospect in Other
Apr 5, 2020

Would you say people get looks from headhunters for MFs at firm like Greenhill as well?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Apr 6, 2020

Does anyone have perspective on which groups are considered their best?

  • Analyst 2 in HF - Other
Apr 6, 2020

In Ldn industrials longest standing franchise.. pretty slick deals look what they did where Elliott was involved.

They just launched a restructuring team in Ldn that has pretty good perspective as they hired top senior talent from GS RX and PJT. Also landed v good mandates in such a short time see Pizza Express. The only thing in this regard I have heard is that they want to do company / shareholder mandate exclusively as this makes sense given background of 2 Goldman bankers.

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Apr 26, 2020

Healthcare & Rx

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Apr 7, 2020

Anyone have any updates on PWP's recruiting? I heard they'll reach out shortly regarding interviews.

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