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Does the No-compete from Big 4 to MBB apply? If so, how to handle it?

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New answer on Sep 01, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 31, 2020

Hi,

If the contract with a big 4 mentions a non-compete clause with a competitor within the country for two years, would this cause an issue if moving to MBB? If so, how to resolve this to enable to a seamless move?

Many thanks in advance.

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Vlad
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replied on Jan 31, 2020
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School

Hi,

No, it does not apply. You can easily switch the jobs unless you are a Partner. Might be harder in that case

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Anonymous replied on Sep 01, 2020

The non-compete from Big 4 is in case that if you jump ship to another Big 4. MBB don't count as competitors, unless you are a Partner then there might be implications, in which case you just need to find new clients and don't touch your old client for 2 years.

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Daniel
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replied on Feb 01, 2020
McKinsey / ex-Interviewer at McKinsey / I will coach you to rock those interviews

big 4 are not direct competitors of MBB, so this clause wouldn't apply in my opinion

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Antonello
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replied on Jan 31, 2020
McKinsey | NASA | top 10 FT MBA professor for consulting interviews | 6+ years of coaching

Hi, do you mean in the application process? There's no problem in applying for MBB if you are a big-4 consultant.

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Antonello

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