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Has anyone transitioned from Big 4 tax to a PE firm? If so, how did you do it?

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I’d think it’d be similar to getting any other job. Network, apply online, or use recruiters. Further, I’d guess you’d need a decent amount of experience since I think they generally have lean tax teams and outsource a lot

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The lawyers I know in PE come from big law. Since your big 4 tax, I imagine you could come in as some type of reporting role. Working on the investment side would be hard without any FDD experience.

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I’ve met tax counsel at some PE firms that spent time in Big 4, but they focused more on M&A or supply chain planning. PE firms have a number of groups focused on value planning for post acquisition integration (I.e., do we move IP, where should the acquisition debt sit, etc.), and I’ve met some attorneys with Big 4 experience in those groups as well. It’s a question of what you want to do and what your skill set is. If you’re a lawyer who does a lot of FATCA advisory, probably not in the cards (but one of the banks might have a need).

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I assume you’re talking back office fund accounting

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There are a few positions in PE mainly working with tax structuring and monitoring tax due diligence workstreams. The people I know of who have transitioned from big4 tax to PE have been partners.

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