I wanted to ask for advice between two offers I have.
One is for Corp. Fin. at ING’s IBD (M&A and ECM) mainly focussed on Europe and Emerging Europe (a lot of Russia, E. Europe and some western Europe).
ING bought over Barings bank in 1995 in the UK and a lot of personnel from that time still remain ( a good sign).
Its absolutely a MM place, with no designs of aiming for BB deals, but the deal flow is extremely solid and they are a leader in the markets they operate in.
The other is at Prudential Capital Group (called Pricoa in London), which is a buy side investor in private debt. also mainly in MM but does do some large cap investments.
I’m torn between the two. The people at Pricoa are really really nice and they REALLY want me to join them. Hours are very reasonable, good office, decent pay. But the office only has 8 people and 4 are analysts.
M&A is something I’ve been trying to break into for a couple years now and the ING offer is exactly that, although hardly a BB or even an elite boutique. On the other hand Pricoa is something different and a better lifestyle. Can someone advise as to what would be the better choice in terms of learning, getting experience, exit opps, b school opps?