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Hi, I’m an investment manager at the UK mid market private equity fund in London focusing on tech investments. I have 5 years of professional working experience of which 3 are in PE. I worked on 5 completed MBOs, very successful exit and have a board observer right at one of my portfolio companies. How realistic is to transition/ get a job/ visa sponsorship to move to PE in the US? I’m considering MBA, but is it really essential given I’m already in the industry? Do you recommend any recruiters?

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MBA might give you a foot in the U.S. market, but it would be a holiday for you and nothing more from a pure career (regardless of location) standpoint. Problem would be it can be tough to get into PE out of MBA so you might want to get a standing offer from your current situation to return.

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Clarifying: it’s true that you would be an attractive candidate for PE entry post-MBA. But, structurally, there are few/small recruitment pipelines for post-MBA. Hence, few natural introductions to processes.

Honestly you might have more luck trying to get into a shop with a strong U.S. presence and transfer (if U.S. is the primary goal)

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I think you should first start by forming connections on LinkedIn and then evaluate your chances. If you’re doing good in your career, there isn’t any need to take a risk. Lastly, for some companies, MBA matters. For some, it doesn’t. I would recommend an MBA executive program.

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