EY-Parthenon to PE firm

EY-Parthenon Lateral Hire MBB & Big 4 Private Equity
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Anonymous A asked on Nov 19, 2019

I am currently a second year master student. Recently, I received an offer from EY-Parthenon to work with them after graduation. Currently I'm interested in Private Equity firm as a potential exit. However, I do realized the spots for PE are quite competitive and normally ex-MBB are having the top priority. On the other hand, my application didn't went well for MBB (Rejected during the final round with Mckinsey, no interview invitation from the others).

So far I noticed there are 3 potential scenario to pursue to land a PE firm offer.

1. Lateral move to MBB then switch to PE after several years

2. Pursuing MBA after several years with Parthenon, then move to PE

3. Try to apply to PE directly after several years with Parthenon

Of course things could change during my first couple of years with the firm, but assuming my desire for Private Equity remained the same, I would love to know which is a better option to pursue a megafund private equity firm? Also, I'm aware that Parthenon is doing a huge amount of business DD, but so far it's quite hard to find people who made the switch from Parthenon to megafund PE

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Antonello
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replied on Nov 20, 2019
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Hi,
since the 90+% of the PE associates come from MBB, top MBA or top investment bank, with scenarios 1. and 2. you would build the most appealing CV. However, I would recommend applying right now to PE and playing your cards.

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Anto

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Vlad
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replied on Nov 19, 2019
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Hi,

It's extremely hard to get a PE offer post-MBA even from the top3 Schools. Thus I would not rely too much on that option.

You should chase both options - applying to PE directly and after MBB. MBA can be a way to MBB (again better top schools). Look also at IB - it's a bit easier to get a PE offer with IB experience

The key to securing a PE offer is networking, so you should concentrate on that as well

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Hi Anonymous,

I agree with Vlad that IB could also help to reach PE.

In case you want to keep the options limited to consulting, I would consider the likelihood of the three options in the order you listed them – you can probably attempt to switch to MBB after 1-2 years at Parthenon.

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Deniz
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replied on Nov 20, 2019
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Hi,

If your end goal is PE, then you should either:

  • Apply to PE once you are working at EY-Parthenon, as I know they do quite a lot of DD work
  • Apply to PE now

Moving to MBB just only to secure a PE offer seems a bit far-fetched, as it will require quite a lot of effort to secure an offer from MBB as well (you could put the same effort to network and secure interview invites from PEs as well).

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Deniz

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Pedro
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replied on Sep 30, 2021
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PE is doing very well in PE and is one of the strongest firms there, but doesn't work with funds as big as the ones working with Bain, for example.

So this is a viable option and it's the one you have in your hand. If you really want PE, you should take the job, and then try 3, 2 and 1 in this order, i.e., if you can jump directly to PE do it, if not do an MBA and try PE again, if not move to BAIN and try PE again.

Bain and EY-P are superstrong at PE, and PE has a strong share in their business. If you go to Mck or BCG you face significant risk that your projects are not relevant to PE.

Final note, I strongly believe EY-P is the one that better prepares you for a PE role, as you have the chance to dealing internally with a lot of corporate finance peers from EY working on the financial side of deals.

Which leads me to option 4: move later on to a financial related role at EY within the transactions team, and then move to PE.

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