12/15/17

Hi all, I wanted to ask and glean a more updated view of PE funds in LA. The ones I'm interested in are Ares, Oaktree, Platinum, Aurora, Marlin, Pacific Coast (or others I'm missing) in terms of returns, reputation, culture etc. Would love any thoughts! Thanks!

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12/14/17

Any thoughts anybody? Would be super helpful!

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12/14/17

Clearlake, Gores, LGP, Brentwood are all very strong in terms of returns and rep. I've heard culture at Clearlake and Brentwood in particular is great. I would assume comp at all these large shops is pretty good..One thing to consider is each of these firms have very different investmetn strategies (i.e. Gores/Platinum=value; Brentwood=growth)

12/14/17

I can comment on the larger LA PE shops. Oaktree, Leonard Green & Partners and Ares are probably the largest/most well known/prestigious shops based in LA. Leonard Green and Ares are also one of the few prestigious PE firms that hire straight out of undergrad (although they rarely hire outside of schools like Harvard, Wharton etc.). All of these firms have an unbelievable reputation. Leonard Green has been known to keep their team small (harder to break in) while Ares and Oaktree have a larger headcount. Oaktree is also solid in the distressed debt space

12/14/17

Thank you so much both! Do either of you have insight on Platinum, Pacific, or Marlin?

12/15/17

Have worked with Platinum a few times and know some of the guys on that team. Used to be pretty fratty, but has changed in the last 5 years (largely due to some newer hires). Overall, very solid reputation and better culture than similar sized firms.

12/15/17

LGP and Oaktree are clearly the top in terms of reputation, pedigree. It's been awhile and I'm sure comp structure has changed, but those two firms also paid very, very well. Ares is also a huge player but I've heard negative things about culture.

Have heard bad things about culture at Platinum, Clearlake and to a certain extent Marlin. But those firms are clearly doing something right because they're all continuing to grow and raise new funds.

12/15/17

I've also heard negative things about Ares' culture - don't know how true this is though

12/15/17

Cross-reference Gores and Platinum for a good time read

12/15/17

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