AGC Partners FAQ

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19 English questions out of 19

23 December 2020

How are the career development opportunities at AGC Partners?

Pros

-Junior bankers are given the opportunity to assume responsibility and meaningful contribute to live deals. The level of responsibility that proactive junior bankers are able to take on creates an unparalleled learning environment that is exciting, challenging, and rewarding. -Significant senior level exposure at the Analyst level. Analysts learn directly from Partners and also participate in senior-level conversations where the analyst's 'in-the-weeds' knowledge is valued and informs decision making. Partners take the time to get to know the junior bankers and provide direct guidance and mentorship. -The culture is fast-paced and team members are expected to take pride in and ownership of their work. AGC is a place where everyone knows each other at a personal level, and where employees are encouraged to be themselves and define the firm culture. Management encourages employees to provide feedback and is receptive to suggestions. -Management takes a genuine interest in employee development. Learning and development are a central point of firm culture and management wants to see its employees build the skills that will enable future career success - whether it be at AGC or elsewhere in the stage of their career.

Cons

-As at any investment bank, hours can be long and require employees to be invested in their positions. The firm takes measures to ensure a healthy work-life balance is maintained, but the role remains demanding and is best suited for those with a strong interest in the work. -Working across multiple projects concurrently at times provides great exposure to a range of businesses and technology verticals, but also means the work environment is generally fast paced and often requires the ability to manage competing priorities.

Advice to Management

Continue to solicit and value input from junior employees.

Learning and development are a central point of firm culture and management wants to see its employees build the skills that will enable future career success

23 December 2020

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22 November 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at AGC Partners?

Pros

I joined AGC Partners as an Associate after 3.5 years of tech banking at a much smaller boutique in order to get greater exposure and advance my career with a well-known platform for mid-market tech M&A. I’ve gotten a ton of experience in my first year with the firm, have closed three high profile deals, and built a global network within tech and private equity. Our deal teams run lean, which means I’ve had to own a lot of my own growth and have had plenty of opportunities to punch above my weight class. The team and the culture has been supportive as I’ve acclimated to the pace and intensity of AGC. The partners are highly accessible, and several have taken a personal interest in my development. The analysts I work with are smart, motivated, and eager to jump in with high quality work product. I’ve had the opportunity to work under partners who bring experience from top firms like Lazard, Jefferies, and Lehman Brothers, and have seen our former analysts go on to be successful at top MBA programs and PE shops such as KKR, Silver Lake, Providence, Summit and many more. My professional growth at AGC Partners has been based on merit, and I have been given plenty of opportunity to learn quickly and advance much faster than expected. Early into my time with the firm, I was tasked with managing critical points in the process on one of our largest deals. Off the back of a successful outcome for the client and for our firm, I was promoted to VP within my first year at AGC. All in all, I got the caliber of experience and the work hard, play hard environment I was looking for, and then some.

Cons

Given the number of deals we have going at one time, sometimes I will feel spread too thin. It’s never unmanageable, but there are times where I would like to go deeper into a given deal than I have the bandwidth to. As we staff up, I expect this to become less of an issue.

Advice to Management

Hire a few more Analysts and Associates. The downside of having our junior bankers move on to solid buyside shops and b-school programs is that they move on, and over-hiring by a reasonable margin would help with the one con above.

Our deal teams run lean, which means I’ve had to own a lot of my own growth and have had plenty of opportunities to punch above my weight class.

22 November 2019

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23 December 2020

Does AGC Partners have any sort of mentoring programme?

Pros

-Junior bankers are given the opportunity to assume responsibility and meaningful contribute to live deals. The level of responsibility that proactive junior bankers are able to take on creates an unparalleled learning environment that is exciting, challenging, and rewarding. -Significant senior level exposure at the Analyst level. Analysts learn directly from Partners and also participate in senior-level conversations where the analyst's 'in-the-weeds' knowledge is valued and informs decision making. Partners take the time to get to know the junior bankers and provide direct guidance and mentorship. -The culture is fast-paced and team members are expected to take pride in and ownership of their work. AGC is a place where everyone knows each other at a personal level, and where employees are encouraged to be themselves and define the firm culture. Management encourages employees to provide feedback and is receptive to suggestions. -Management takes a genuine interest in employee development. Learning and development are a central point of firm culture and management wants to see its employees build the skills that will enable future career success - whether it be at AGC or elsewhere in the stage of their career.

Cons

-As at any investment bank, hours can be long and require employees to be invested in their positions. The firm takes measures to ensure a healthy work-life balance is maintained, but the role remains demanding and is best suited for those with a strong interest in the work. -Working across multiple projects concurrently at times provides great exposure to a range of businesses and technology verticals, but also means the work environment is generally fast paced and often requires the ability to manage competing priorities.

Advice to Management

Continue to solicit and value input from junior employees.

Partners take the time to get to know the junior bankers and provide direct guidance and mentorship.

23 December 2020

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30 September 2018

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at AGC Partners?

Pros

AGC Partners offers a great opportunity for aspiring investment bankers and other young professionals to make incredible strides in a very short period of time. The firm breeds a culture of hard work and individual growth, fueled by driven men and women who are committed to taking advantage of the unique opportunity presented by AGC. AGC is one of the leading boutique, tech investment banks, and as such is afforded access to a wide variety of fast-growing companies who are on the cutting edge of technical innovation. At any one time AGC typically has 50+ live engagements, and with a team of only 50, there is plenty of work to go around. While this ratio might lead to some late nights, it also offers an incredible opportunity for young professionals to immerse themselves in a deal and take on a significant amount of responsibility. The lean deal teams empower young professionals to take on more responsibility than most other investment banks would afford junior bankers at that age, creating a steeper learning curve than those experienced at competing firms. However, this situation also creates an environment where not everyone will succeed. AGC is tailored towards individuals who are willing to work hard and take on challenges, understanding that accelerating a learning curve comes with occasional sacrifices that need to be made. That being said, it is important for every aspiring investment banker to weigh the costs and benefits of working at a highly competitive and hardworking investment bank. It is imperative to come in with a clear understanding of what they wish to accomplish and what they are willing to do to accomplish that goal. AGC needs to be viewed by prospective employees as an opportunity. It a place that provides young professionals with all of the tools necessary to learn and grow as fast as they want, but the young professionals also need to be prepared to work hard and commit to the challenge that they are presented with. If they are able to do that, they will be a great fit at AGC.

Cons

The high deal flow, while creating great learning opportunities, does lead to occasional late nights. That being said, this should be expected by aspiring investment bankers and is what allows for accelerated growth.

Advice to Management

Continue to promote a culture of respect with all employees. In high-stress situations, it is easy to lose sight of that, so I would encourage management to breed a culture of respect throughout the organization and work to ensure that all partners adhere to that culture.

It is imperative to come in with a clear understanding of what they wish to accomplish and what they are willing to do to accomplish that goal.

30 September 2018

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11 February 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at AGC Partners?

Pros

This review and its contents should be taken with the grain of salt that I was only employed at AGC Partners for two months. I did not come from a pedigreed finance background, but I was able to leverage firm resources and willing colleagues to get up to speed quickly, for which I am grateful. Those actually interested in becoming better financiers and business people will thrive at AGC due to the responsibility handed to junior professionals and the volume of repetition to be completed. Those seeking to ride an investment banking job into another position after two years will not see the value in the learning opportunity and get frustrated. AGC is definitely a grind, like all investment banks worth their salt, but not at all unmanageable for those willing to compete and push themselves. The biggest plus to AGC is the ability to complete actual value-add work early on. Again, I do not have the experience to compare directly, but the ability to contribute meaningfully to a deal from day one appears to be unique in M&A investment banking. Analysts are expected to drive models, lead calls, and interface directly with clients from nearly the starting line. Personally, I found this to be motivating and contributed strongly to a sense of purpose in the work. The second major plus, and a huge factor when considering any employment, is the quality of colleagues and bosses. Given the structure of AGC, all partners are very motivated and interested in their deals and most pitch in at all levels of execution. This gives early-stage employees great access to experienced bankers, most of whom are more than willing to share knowledge as it helps advance deals and improve work product. As a shameless plug, the CEO is also a great guy - rock-solid values and second-to-none people skills. I'm not an investment banking lifer, but I got the sense that many people in this industry wait too long to practice the intuitive interpersonal stuff that actually matters, in work and in life. If you learn nothing else as an analyst at AGC, listen to what people have to say. They probably know more than you. AGC is a great place to build skills that you will use in investment banking or anywhere else. It's a great set of competitive people that push each other to better, and that's rare to come across.

Cons

Due to the nature of the work and its timelines, staffing visibility is a challenge. Some projects take much more time than allocated, and some are non-existent until they are front and center. I've actually spent a decent amount of time thinking about it, but I'm not sure how to make the allocation of junior bankers' time better. Maybe a real-time bidding portal partners have access to, but that seems like overkill.

Advice to Management

1) Take a high-flying intern and make them a full-time research associate. The whitepapers and published M&A profiles are a huge plus for the firm. Monthly subscription pieces could monetize some of the thought research to select networks of strategic partners (a la CB Insights, if I can say that here), especially if a research associate was there to drive volume. 2) Better staffing visibility. This is a tough one, because analysts have a hard time admitting what projects are taking them more time than others and deals often have deadlines change rapidly. Analysts are often left to their own prioritization schedule, which I know got me in trouble at least once. The system in place is solid, but this will always be a challenge for the firm given the way it's set up.

As a shameless plug, the CEO is also a great guy

11 February 2020

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