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August 19, 2009 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Top 30 Private Equity Firms

PrivateEquityInfo.com has ranked the top 30 private equity firms globally in an effort to add transparency to an otherwise fairly opaque industry.

Typically, private equity firms are ranked based strictly on their fund size. However, due to the current economic climate, fund size may not be the most accurate measure of a firm’s current activity and investment capacity.

We have ranked the largest, global private equity firms based on a more holistic view, considering a variety of metrics. The parameters include: fund size (of course), current investment appetite, maximum deal size the firm will consider and deployment of capital. This ranking is therefore admittedly subjective.

July 28, 2009 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Agency Theory for PE Firms

Agency Theory addresses the potential conflict of interest created between parties associated with a private equity firm: external investors, managers, entrepreneurs, and/or the owners of the private equity firm involved. Although managers’s compensation is aligned with the private equity firm in a way that rewards a common, shared interest; conflict between these parties can still arise and affect investor behavior.

There are generally three types of agency relationships:

June 09, 2009 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity vs Hedge Funds

While there are no strict definitions of a private equity firm and a hedge fund, some distinct differences separate the two types of firms.

Private equity firms and hedge funds are similar in that both invest from a leveraged pool of capital normally contributed by limited partners; both compensate the management team based on a percentage of profits (typically 20%) as well as charge a fee on assets under management (typically 2%); and both are lightly regulated (as of this writing).

May 26, 2009 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity – Carried Interest

Carried interest is the profit earned on private equity investments by a deal-maker in a private equity house. Often known as “carry”, it allows private equity professionals to receive up to 20% of the profit from a company they sell. The “carry” can be a significant portion of a private equity professional’s total compensation.

January 11, 2009 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Contacting Private Equity Firms

If an M&A professional experiences difficulty getting good response rates from the private equity firms, it’s likely because he or she has yet to establish a solid working relationship with key contacts at these firms. Below is a best practice to contact the private equity firms about potential deal opportunities.