Thought the people were good, too. There were also some other special considerations that I can't mention (risk of outing), which led me to pick them over, specifically, S&C and Skadden. I also disliked Skadden's fratty culture; a top partner at my offer dinner was dropping f-bombs and acting douchey. Hate the CSM rotation system. DPW is 2nd-rated in regards to M&A/PE and so is Cleary. Weil is only good at bankruptcy. K&E is in Chicago and does mid-market PE deals with a shark tank free-market system that favors fellaters. I felt S&C could be eliminated because I was not interested in financial institutions practice, which S&C is especially well-known for.
Considered Debevoise, but thought STB was superior in every way except maybe fewer hours and slightly better culture.
Only thing I am concerned about in PE M&A and fund formation is the fewer exit options available vis-a-vis public M&A, which some may argue S&C and Skadden are more well-known for.
Lawquacious wrote:Assuming OP is not simply trolling--which is an extremely questionable assumption on TLS--I fail to see what purpose the proposed evaluation has given that it sounds like decision has already been made. This could have been a good thing to ask prior to making a decision, but I really fail to see the point currently--hence I think the thread does tend to come off as either a subtle brag or troll or both.
I haven't submitted my signed letter. Honestly, I'm still potentially entertaining Skadden because I want to lateral out of NY into a satellite office after a couple of years, and they have the best satellite offices in key regions (DC, NorCal, SoCal) as well as a public M&A practice that seems second only to Wachtell.. S&C is out though.
A key question I have is whether or not specializing in public M&A vs. PE M&A will change my exit options and whether Skadden's satellite office advantage over STB would make it a better choice despite the fact that I disliked the culture/people. I'm willing to bear a sub-optimal culture/fit if it would better my exit options.