Private equity firms poaching from the sell-side at a prodigious rate

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A recent study found that a surprising percentage of investment banking analysts are joining private equity firms following the completion of their two-year program. Fewer are remaining at the bank and not all that many are joining hedge funds, although there are obviously fewer seats available there.

Nearly 36% of investment banking analysts who began their two-year program in 2012 are now employed by private equity firms, startup recruiting firm Vettery told the New York Times. That’s more than the number of bankers who stayed at their own bank. Just 28% of junior bankers remained with their group, with another 3% taking jobs within other units of the firm. Roughly 10% moved on to other banks while a similar percentage found work in the hedge fund industry.

The report is especially interesting considering the relationship between banks and private equity firms, which rely on loans from Wall Street along with private investors to raise the debt necessary to buy billion dollar companies. So banks are essentially having their analyst classes poached by their own clients.

Moreover, they’re beginning the recruitment process extraordinarily early, something that’s rubbing banks the wrong way. An earlier Times report found that PE firms will sometimes make offers 18 months before the job is actually set to begin, meaning there are hundreds of 25-year-old analysts who are working at large banks while already having accepted jobs at other firms. Many are only six months into their tenure at the time.

While the pipeline to the private equity industry is clearly full, not everyone finds happiness on the other side. An April study found that just 45% of private equity staffers reportedly being happy with their career – the exact same percentage for investment bankers. Hedge fund employees, on the other hand, are doing just fine. Roughly 62% of hedge funders are pleased with their job.

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