Federico is an Associate in the Funds & Co-Investments Group, where he’s responsible for running most of the due diligence processes, including Investment Committee memo drafting, interacting with GPs, and driving IC discussions. Besides investing as an Limited Partner in funds, they also co-invest alongside partners acquiring portfolio companies.
Outside of work, he has been part of GIC’s initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area to plant more trees, and enjoys exploring the city by participating in competitions to increase his step count. Besides maintaining his social life, he also stays active by playing various sports across the city. Now in his second year with the firm, we asked him to tell us more about himself.
Why did you decide to join GIC?
Throughout my career, I’ve sought out opportunities where I can grow beyond my current capabilities, contribute through open discussions with the team, and enjoy the work I do with the people I’m surrounded by.
One of my former co-workers started working at GIC a few years before I joined. As we kept in touch, his praise for the work and culture pushed me to seek an opportunity. GIC, as one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, enables someone like me, who is still in the early stages of my career, to develop and gain exposure across all sectors and geographies.
What does your typical workday look like?
Whether we’re in the office or not, I usually start my day by checking my emails and coordinating my workstreams so that I have a game plan to follow. On days at the office, I usually catch up with my team on any news related to or unrelated to work before getting started. My typical day consists of a few meetings with internal and external groups, as well as individual workstreams. During our break, my team will usually eat together in our communal area for lunch.
What do you like most about working here?
Our lean team environment provides junior members with significant exposure to senior management as well as strong ownership of workstreams. I approach each new opportunity as a puzzle to solve, which is made even more exciting and interesting by GIC’s welcoming environment and culture.
Given the male-dominated nature of the finance world, having women as senior members in the Funds & Co-Investments Group has been a breath of fresh air. Our investment committees benefit from the team’s geographical and demographic diversity. Having diverse perspectives on key discussion topics also helps us to make comprehensive investment decisions as a team.
How would you describe the learning & development culture at GIC?
Since joining GIC, I’ve gained a better understanding of the private equity markets while also honing my analytical skills. Working directly with senior team members and regularly presenting opportunities to my team have also helped me to develop and improve my critical thinking and communication/presentation skills.
What you should know before joining GIC
My best advice is to come in eager to learn and to ask questions. The team is very welcoming, and you will be given a lot of responsibilities right away, so being curious and diving into the work is the best way to succeed.