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Guys & Gals,

Headhunters, recruiters, executive search firms:

For many of us they hold they keys to the golden gates of buy-side badassery (i swear i'm not really this big of a tool in real life).

I'm calling on all of you to please reply back with names of active PE recruiter firms I have missed. Also please feel free to comment on each firms areas of strength / weakness. The more details you provide the better. If we all work together we can build a really useful tool.

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Comments (29)

Feb 12, 2009

Lol at BSD Associates.

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Feb 12, 2009

how the hell did i miss that

Feb 12, 2009

Thanks to all of the members and the recruiters who are PMing me with additions. Please know I plan to make your additions public so feel free to respond to the public thread.

Feb 15, 2009

My list has grown by 13 names and is now up to 37. Please keep em coming!

Alpha Search - http://www.alphasearchadvisory.com/index.php Armstrong International - http://www.armstrongint.com/
Boyden Associates - http://www.boyden.com/index.html BSD Associates - http://www.bsdassociates.com/
Capital Markets Recruiting - http://www.capital-markets.net/ Carter Pierce - http://www.carterpierce.com/
CPI - http://www.cpiny.com/index.html CT Partners - http://www.ctnet.com/ctnet/
CW Partners - http://www.cwpartners.com/default.htm Dynamics Associates - www.dynamicsny.com
F.S. Von Strade & Assoc - http://www.fsvs.com/index.html Flatiron Group - http://www.theflatirongroup.com/flat_overview.html
Forrer & Associates - http://forrerusa.com/index.html Gerson Group - http://www.gersongroup.com/overview.asp
Glocap Search - https://www.glocap.com/ Gold Lion Recruiting - http://www.glrecruiting.com/
Hammer Haley - http://www.hammerhaley.com/ Juno Search Group - http://www.junosearch.com/
Lechner & Associates - http://www.lechner.net/ Leland Shaw West LLC - http://www.lelandshaw.com/index.htm
Long Ridge Partners - http://www.longridgepartners.com/ Marks Sattin - http://www.markssattin.co.uk/content_static/home.asp
Mercury Partners - http://www.mercurypartner.com/ Michael Page - http://www.michaelpage.com/content.html?subsection...
Oxbridge Group - http://oxbridgegroup.com/ Permanent Solutions - http://www.permsol.com/index.html
Phoenix Group - http://www.phxgrpintl.com/ Pinnacle Group - http://www.pinnaclegroup.com/default.aspx
Private Equity Recruitment - http://www.perecruit.com/ Revolution Search - http://www.revolutionsearchpartners.com/Revolution...
S&T Group - http://www.thesandtgroup.com/ Sextant - http://www.sextant.com/
SG Partners - http://www.sgpartners.com/index.html Smith Hanley Associates - http://www.smithhanley.com/
Wallstreet Options - http://www.wsollc.com Weatherly Group - http://www.twgco.com/default.htm
Whitney Group - http://www.whitneygroup.com

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Nov 9, 2012

Thank you sir!

spinner:

My list has grown by 13 names and is now up to 37. Please keep em coming!

Alpha Search - http://www.alphasearchadvisory.com/index.php Armstrong International - http://www.armstrongint.com/
Boyden Associates - http://www.boyden.com/index.html BSD Associates - http://www.bsdassociates.com/
Capital Markets Recruiting - http://www.capital-markets.net/ Carter Pierce - http://www.carterpierce.com/
CPI - http://www.cpiny.com/index.html CT Partners - http://www.ctnet.com/ctnet/
CW Partners - http://www.cwpartners.com/default.htm Dynamics Associates - www.dynamicsny.com
F.S. Von Strade & Assoc - http://www.fsvs.com/index.html Flatiron Group - http://www.theflatirongroup.com/flat_overview.html
Forrer & Associates - http://forrerusa.com/index.html Gerson Group - http://www.gersongroup.com/overview.asp
Glocap Search - https://www.glocap.com/ Gold Lion Recruiting - http://www.glrecruiting.com/
Hammer Haley - http://www.hammerhaley.com/ Juno Search Group - http://www.junosearch.com/
Lechner & Associates - http://www.lechner.net/ Leland Shaw West LLC - http://www.lelandshaw.com/index.htm
Long Ridge Partners - http://www.longridgepartners.com/ Marks Sattin - http://www.markssattin.co.uk/content_static/home.asp
Mercury Partners - http://www.mercurypartner.com/ Michael Page - http://www.michaelpage.com/content.html?subsection...
Oxbridge Group - http://oxbridgegroup.com/ Permanent Solutions - http://www.permsol.com/index.html
Phoenix Group - http://www.phxgrpintl.com/ Pinnacle Group - http://www.pinnaclegroup.com/default.aspx
Private Equity Recruitment - http://www.perecruit.com/ Revolution Search - http://www.revolutionsearchpartners.com/Revolution...
S&T Group - http://www.thesandtgroup.com/ Sextant - http://www.sextant.com/
SG Partners - http://www.sgpartners.com/index.html Smith Hanley Associates - http://www.smithhanley.com/
Wallstreet Options - http://www.wsollc.com Weatherly Group - http://www.twgco.com/default.htm
Whitney Group - http://www.whitneygroup.com

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Feb 16, 2009

Might want to differentiate between retained, contingency, and mixed firms. I'd also throw in pinellc.com.

Feb 16, 2009

thank you for the suggestion. how would you classify contingency vs. retained and what do you consider to be the main pros/cons from a candidate's perspective?

Feb 22, 2009

This is very helpful. Thanks

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Feb 26, 2009

I would add the following:

McKibben Group ([email protected]). I never used it and not sure whether it has a website, but it got some of my coworkers jobs / interviews at MM PE shops.

Broadreach Group, http://www.broadreachgrp.com/ (hedge fund focus)

And actually I just got an email from this new exec search firm (I recoginized that one person used to work at SG): www.amitysearchpartners.com

Mar 4, 2009

there was a round of cuts but looks like i survived for the time being. still i think this database is a useful exercise. i just added the PEInsider database to it so now we're up to ~60 search firms for which PE is at least a significant practice area.

May 21, 2009

they are certainly the 300lb gorilla for general executive search ... but do you know how much they focus on PE?

Dec 12, 2009

Spinner are you going to post a list that segments these out a bit; that would be most appreciated if you have that info. Then people could comment on that list too to really refine it. Also BSD Associates is probably bogus, there's not even a phone number and the site seems like bullshit. Probably just trying to get kids' resumes.

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The time is now, seize the day ...

Mar 15, 2010

I just found this:

www.peinsider.com/ranks.php?rid=47

I don't know how accurate it is, but I thought it may help.

In theory there's no difference between theory and practice; in practice there is

Mar 15, 2010

What's the best way to get one's resume in front of these guys?

Jul 9, 2010

good work spinner! this is a great resource to folks like me who are trying to transition into PE from Consulting.
any online resources that you believe would be helpful to me?
appreciate it!

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Sep 13, 2010

I just posted another topic with a similar title but slightly different question. Of the recruiters that are listed here, does anyone know which ones place Operating Partners (as opposed to Associate, VP, etc)?

Oct 10, 2010

spinner, this is great, thanks for posting.

Jul 1, 2011

Thanks for sharing this list with us...It surly help

Dec 27, 2012

I would add JM Search on the retained side as they specialize in C-level searches for PE backed middle-market companies. They also just opened their NY office. Would say the guys did an exceptional job on both searches for us (COO and CEO).

Dec 27, 2012
arsenalcapadvisors:

I would add JM Search on the retained side as they specialize in C-level searches for PE backed middle-market companies. They also just opened their NY office. Would say the guys did an exceptional job on both searches for us (COO and CEO).

Should have provided some contact details:

contact either Steve Baumruk or Gog Boonswang for Private Equity related search work

baumruks at jmsearch dot com; boonswangG at jmsearch dot com

Dec 27, 2012

Also interested.

Dec 27, 2012

At least for the larger funds: Last I checked, Dynamics ran the Vista and GTCR processes and CPI worked with MDP.

Dec 27, 2012

Get your resume into the PEAC book, as a lot of them use that, sometimes in conjunction with a recruiter(s).

Chicago also has a fair amount of "word of mouth" recruiting. Usually the way this happens is someone from the PE firm will reach out to a senior banker and ask for the resumes of interested analysts.

There are also a lot of smaller recruiting firms that had some Chicago openings, so don't neglect those.

I also got a couple interviews by networking, but found this to be somewhat more difficult than it was in banking (fewer openings, more competitive, different recruiting timelines/structures for different firms, etc.)

Dec 27, 2012

HSP (Henkel Search Partners)
Amity Search Partners
Oxbridge
CPI
SG Partners
Opus Advisors

I'm sure I'm missing some, but those are most of the big ones. GoBuyside.com has some postings as well.

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Dec 27, 2012

Wonderful thank you sir

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