Private equity firms are operating today in an increasingly uncertain environment. After the global financial crisis, the most important lesson learned was: expect the unexpected. Competition in the private equity sector is intensifying. Asset managers are moving into the PE space, and PE managers in emerging markets are building capacity and starting to expand geographically. Concurrently, regulatory pressure has mounted as PE has come under the umbrella of alternative investment rules, making the business of raising capital and investing in private companies ever more complex. Despite this especially difficult environment, PE continues to do well, but you still require skilled management, and that’s how our executive search solutions can assist you.
As firms increasingly look to enhance operational value in their portfolio companies, they need strong operational leaders who are global, able to build performance-based teams and can navigate rapidly changing markets. As leadership consulting experts, we have the skills and knowledge to move your company forward. We understand the importance of agility and speed, and adapt well to the organizational sensitivities and specific needs of our clients — to find the executives who can help them maximize the commercial potential of their investments.
Private equity strategies range from leveraged buyouts, mezzanine capital, and distressed investments to growth and venture capital. It is a mature market that has expanded to infrastructure and real estate as it has become more efficient. What has not changed are LP expectations: investments must deliver returns. As a result, value creation is increasingly anchored in strategic discipline and operational excellence. Against this backdrop, finding, assessing, and developing the best talent has never been more important, whether at the fund level or in the portfolio.