William Blair tech exit opps?
Deep in process for a lateral position here and want to get a sense of exit opps-
Know they do really well in MM tech and play against BBs/EBs pretty frequently from what I've seen on here and talking to some friends in the sponsor world, but does that help at all when it comes to branding/exit opps or is it still stuck in the MM bucket?
Having spoken to some people there, it sounds like nearly all tech deals are $500M-2B, which is basically where every bank other than a select few (, MS, , Q, a few others) also operate. From what I've heard (and confirmed looking at announced deals), they're typically working with MFs/UMMs as buyers on deals in this price range. Based on friends at , I'd say pretty similar deal , , etc (in tech only- very different at these BBs top groups of course)
Would it be possible to exit to a top tech PE firm (Thoma, Vista, Silverlake, etc) from this group? Mainly wondering if good deal experience + as many reps if not more than probably any other IB analyst program can outweigh the "MM" branding and make you competitive in PE recruiting. Also a little nervous that HHs will just go off brand name andanalyst over the Blair even though the Blair will probably have more and higher quality deal reps. Before everyone tells me to check LinkedIn, hard to search LinkedIn by group and it isn't as helpful given that tech does bigger deals than the rest of the firm. Also think it's a bit unclear because many people there either want to stay in Chi or are really interested in the MM, and I'm unsure if that's why you don't see a lot of MF exits or if it just isn't really possible. Especially interested in anyone in the sponsor tech world weighing in on how you'd look at a Blair analyst. Thanks to all