Exit Opps: Lazard vs. Moelis vs. Evercore

In this week’s blog we analyse the career paths of banking analysts / associates who have transitioned from a boutique M&A bank (Lazard, Moelis or Evercore) into one of the US mega funds (Blackstone, TPG, Carlyle or KKR).


For this analysis, we have sampled a total of 133 investor profiles globally, presented below:

  • Lazard produced the highest amount of alumni (64) that landed a job in one of the four funds, with Moelis coming in significantly behind with a total of 18.

  • It is worth considering these findings in the context of the total class size at each bank. As a proxy we have divided the alumni count by the total employee base of each intuition.

  • On size adjusted basis, Moelis (which employs 1.1k staff) ranks on par with Lazard (4.2k staff). Interestingly, Evercore has the highest ratio of 2.4%, implying a higher size-adjusted probability of landing in one of the four funds.

  • Blackstone was the single largest destination for graduates, which accounted for almost 50% of analyzed profiles


To explore the individual profiles (i) click on the below links, (ii) proceed to the “Timeline” tab and (iii) select “Show other jobs” toggle on the right hand side (to see the full employment history of each individual).


Companies in this article:

- M&A boutiques: Lazard, Moelis, Evercore

- PE funds: TPG, Carlyle, Blackstone, KKR

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