How many active deals is an ideal amount for 3,4 th year M&A associate? (Aside from post-closing/ corporate governance stuff for port cos)

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Around 2 if they are both pretty active. 1 if it’s all out speed. 3-4 if they are all slow movers.


Second this!


1-2 for me depending on how fast they’re moving. Currently on two right now that are both fast paced and hitting over 70hr/wk 😢

Oh I almost always have at least 4 active ones at once. Usually 5-7 with varying levels of involvement

I think you want two active deals and a couple more on the back burner at that vintage. No one will remember 90% of what happens, but if you drop the ball or do sloppy work, people will remember that. Better to be a little slower on hours but doing outstanding work—will take you far in the long run.

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