Finance Track – MIT Sloan Private Equity Trek in London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I chose to attend MIT, I honestly did not do it thinking about the school’s peculiar strengths in a particular industry or field, but I did it because of the school’s prestige and because of the alumni I encountered during my career – some of the smartest and humblest people I have ever met.

Eventually however, I enrolled in the Finance Track, pushed by the desire to expand my knowledge in the subject and inspired by MIT legacy in the field. As a matter of fact, MIT truly is the cradle of modern Finance. Nobel Laureates like Samuelson, Modigliani, Scholes and Merton are just some of the names that, through their work at MIT, contributed to shape Finance theory and practice over the last 50 years.

One of the first things that I did when I started classes, was to join the leadership of the VCPE (Venture Capital and Private Equity) club, definitely one the most interesting and organized clubs at Sloan. Since I joined, one of my first tasks was to organize a London Private Equity club together with two 2nd year students, Jose’ and Alvaro.

It was the first time I had to organize a professional event like this but, as soon as I started shooting the first emails to fund managers, I was dazzled by their responsiveness. The MIT Sloan name carries lot of weight, and most of the most prestigious PE funds in London are genuinely interested in opening the doors of their fancy Mayfair offices.

The event was a success and, over two intense and exciting days we managed to visit an impressive series of firms (Blackstone, Bain Capital, TPG, KKR, BC Partners, Partners Group, Investcorp, Graphite, Trilantic). All the meetings have been exciting and extremely informative, and each one of the participants came back with greater knowledge of the industry and of the different investment strategies that the most important players adopt. The settings were informal, and usually began with a brief introduction about the fund and the investment strategy, followed by a longer interactive Q&A session. Some funds, like KKR and Bain Capital, also delivered an Investment case study, which was really insightful. One of the things that impressed me the most however, was the difference in terms of company culture at every fund. You could really sense it just by observing and listening to the presenters. This is a very important aspect, and one that should not be overlooked when looking for career opportunities.

Organizing this trek has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling experiences of my MBA, and I cannot wait to do it again next year, with the help of the ’20 MBAs.

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