Our Finance Practice

Our finance practice covers investment banks and investment management firms, including private equity firms, hedge funds, family offices, long only funds, etc. We also work with service providers who work with investment management firms, such as outsourced investor relations/marketing firms, accounting firms, outsourced compliance and legal firms, among others.

 

Case studies

The client: A well-established PE firm with $3 billion in AUM.
The challenge: Their Head of IR was transitioning out of her role. This had always been a traditional full-time role, but after considering that they wouldn't be actively marketing a new fund for several years, they questioned whether an investment in a new senior lead made sense. Yet, at the same time, they didn't want a junior person representing their firm to existing investors. 
The Prokanga solution: By opening up the search to candidates looking for flexibility, we were able to find them an experienced IR lead who wants to continue to build her career while finding some balance with a new child at home. She will be working three days each week and scaling up as fundraising needs require.


The client: A young recruiting firm that focuses on front office roles in the financial services industry. 
The challenge: A huge portion of their annual business happens during a few months (or even a few weeks) of the year. Adding an additional full-time staff member didn't make sense - but they would lose business if they didn't scale up in some way to accommodate the volume during this time.
The Prokanga solution: Using our knowledge of their recruiting needs, as well as the very specific hiring cycles in their industry, we were able to find them someone to work full-time for up to 50+ hour weeks over a specific 2-3 month period.   


SAMPLE CANDIDATES

Prokanga A is a skilled private equity and investment banking professional with deal experience across industries and products. Started her career in investment banking/leveraged finance at Citigroup and in the mezzanine group at Oaktree Capital. She left finance for several years to start her own footwear company, and now has been in the operations group at Goldman Sachs for the last 7 years. 

Prokanga B is currently a Senior Associate in the Investment Management Group at a prominent law firm. She works directly with hedge funds and hedge fund managers on launching new funds, restructuring existing hedge funds, compliance issues, and all of the day to day legal needs of their hedge fund clients. She truly enjoys her current role, but she has three children and would be very interested in an in-house role with more flexibility.

Prokanga C has 13+ years of PE and HF business development and investor relations experience at firms including Cerberus Capital and BlueMountain Capital. She is currently consulting for smaller private equity shops, writing and designing their sales presentations.

Prokanga D has 16 years of accounting experience, including 12 years as a Fund Accountant at Viking Global. There she managed all day-to-day fund accounting activities including importing trades and reconciling daily P&L to ensure accuracy of trade activity. Since leaving there in 2013, she has been working several part-time accounting/bookkeeping roles.

SELECTED PLACEMENTS

  • Scientific Knowledge Manager for a biotech focused hedge fund
  • Office manager/bookkeeper for a broker/dealer
  • Head of investor relations for start-up long only fund
  • Business development for a media company that targets private equity firms
  • Investor relations project work (PPM, DDQ preparation) for a private equity firm 
  • Investment banking support role (Associate/VP level) for a boutique investment bank
  • Leveraged finance/PE associate role for a start-up lower-middle market investment firm
  • Head of Investor Relations for $3B private equity firm
  • Investor relations consultant role for an outsourced investor relations firm serving private equity and real estate PE clients
  • Full-time asset management role for a real estate private equity firm
  • Full-time/flexible deal sourcing role for a boutique investment bank