What was your *first* deal?
Not the first in your career, the first one you could really call yours, where you first made your bones. The one where you led your first LOI negotiation, where you were the client's first call not someone above you, your first tussle with the IC. You know the one I'm talking about.
Buyside, sellside, hell even your first trade, all war stories welcome, no names if preferred. Young'uns, feel free to chime in as well.
I'll kick off. Emerging markets ISP taking a pre-IPO round from a DC based fund. Being middleman to client C-suite delusional on value, local regulations that are barely an update from the British colonial days and a young hotshot principal on the buyside looking to make his mark gave me the greys. But holy shit was that fun, totally made me a deal junkie.
I'm trying to switch things up from all the recruiting / interview / prestige posts. Senior(ish) monkeys, I know a lot of you feel the same, come be a part of the solution and engage. Reminisce and share your wisdom.