I’m considering an opportunity to work in house at a large private equity shop. Anyone have any first hand and direct insights about how working in house at a private equity firm compares to working in the m&a practice of a V10 law firm? I’ve done my research but looking for any honest opinions from folks who have made a similar move. Thanks!

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I would love to move out of law into an associate role at a PE shop. It just seems like a better path to wealth and what I want to do. The path seems very elusive, but I know it’s possible because far too many of the principles my PE clients were lawyers. How can I leverage my significant M&A experience to be competitive against a traditional candidate with IB experience?

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I have friends who made this jump early on in their legal career (they did CFA level 2 to stand out). It seems as a mid level M&A lawyer, you’ll be looking at a massive paycut. Not to mention the competition against other candidates with solid IB experience in financial modeling.

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They did CFA 2 and jumped into the finance side or as in house?

It depends. Some of the PE shops are cut throat, some of them prioritize what you are looking for, but it’s going to be the same rat race/if not more, kinda like being in a law firm that works exclusively on contingency and you have no say over whether or not you win..

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I am also interested in this path. What is the best way to seek out opportunities? Through a recruiter, and if so a recruiter in what field? Finance?

In retrospect I may have posted this to the wrong bowl. This is more a law firm exit question than a law exit question. The PE fund opportunity is to be an in house lawyer at the fund with a corporate/m&a focus.

Ditto. I’m currently trying to transition into a PE in house role or exit into PE and it seems to be all about who you know.

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