Best cities for M&A/Capital Markets

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SHANbangs
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Best cities for M&A/Capital Markets

Postby SHANbangs » Thu May 26, 2011 11:40 am

I want to get into M&A/Capital Markets, but I am going to be attending a top-20 law school in D.C. I'm worried that with no regional ties to NY (other than family there), I won't have a good shot at M&A/Capital markets big law, since NY is where msot of that work is concentrated. Are there any other cities I can shoot for in the mid-atlantic region? Is D.C. out of the picture for this type of work?

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Re: Best cities for M&A/Capital Markets

Postby aliarrow » Thu May 26, 2011 11:41 am

If you got into GWU you should have gotten in to Fordham too...

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Re: Best cities for M&A/Capital Markets

Postby bgdddymtty » Thu May 26, 2011 11:49 am

You don't need "regional ties" in order to get a job in NYC. Regional ties are one way of demonstrating legitimate long-term interest in an area. NYC being America's biggest city and the mecca of BigLaw/M&A, there's no real reason to ask why you want to be there.

SHANbangs
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Re: Best cities for M&A/Capital Markets

Postby SHANbangs » Thu May 26, 2011 1:14 pm

Didn't apply to fordham fml.

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Re: Best cities for M&A/Capital Markets

Postby bhan87 » Thu May 26, 2011 1:18 pm

SHANbangs wrote:Didn't apply to fordham fml.


And thus you violate the golden rule of applying broadly. You're not shut out of NY by going to GW, but you'll need to kill your first year

SHANbangs
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Re: Best cities for M&A/Capital Markets

Postby SHANbangs » Thu May 26, 2011 2:13 pm

Fair enough. but let's say I don't get NYC, are M/A chances significantly lower in d.c.?

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Re: Best cities for M&A/Capital Markets

Postby RVP11 » Thu May 26, 2011 3:07 pm

Firms in most secondary markets have general corporate practices, too, ya know.

You'll probably need to divorce yourself from the notion of being an M&A or cap marks specialist if you're not going to practice in NYC. However, note that NYC is basically the easiest market in the country, so there's a good chance that if you get BigLaw anywhere it will be in NYC.




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