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Not fdd but also work on both sides. Buy side is usually more straight forward (test these 3 points in our hypothesis) and quicker since the deal has an end point. Sell sides can really drag out, some management teams are awful, and occasionally you have to support a bunch of buyer calls which can be interesting but you fit in around whatever engagement you’re on when the call happens. All this adds up to buy sides being better on average, but sell sides are occasionally great if the timeline, management team, and asset are good.

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Counterpoint, sell side the client really likes you and you get to set your own deadlines. What we can agree in though is both are 10x better than an audit.

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In my experience the hours are much more up and down. I’ve worked till 2AM, but at the same time it was just one night, and the the hours dropped to 40 the following week. The hours are real, but the compounding effect of a busy season for half a year usually isnt there.

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Sell-side you’re creating an actual comprehensive report from the ground up. Buy-side can leverage what’s presented on the sell-side for our own analysis.

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I like buy side. For sell-side, sometimes you have to try to fit in some shady add-backs that you know won’t hold up. It’s just stressful and annoying to force those in when clients pressure. But then again, we can just make those pro-forma ;)

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Depends. Some Sell-sides can be great fun when your on a good team and good location but they can be few and far between. Usually buy-side are better given the quick turnaround.

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