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2017 Operating Partners Yearbook: Operating partners dig deeper


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Not long ago, private equity portfolio companies began to see growth in raw, functional improvements spurred by operating partners from their private equity owners. Now those operating partners are becoming more sophisticated in their value creation methods, particularly in terms of revenue and margin growth.

Beyond improvements to the existing portfolio, operating partners today are being called upon to identify and find those synergies during merger integrations and add-on acquisitions to platform companies. Reducing expenses and realizing efficiencies are often critical to the success of an add-on strategy, making operating partners more prominent members of a value-creation team. In today’s competitive environment for private equity firms, operating partners need many skills: optimizing the portfolio company finance office; hiring the right people to get the job done; and ultimately, realizing when a company is not performing well in those areas and addressing the issues.

Produced in partnership with Privcap, the 2017 Operating Partners Yearbook features insights from portfolio operations professionals on successfully managing private equity investments, including Blackstone, KKR Capstone, 3i Group, The Riverside Company, Arsenal Capital Partners, Paine & Partners, Sentinel Capital Partners and RSM US LLP.

Additionally, the 2017 yearbook features stories of success and challenges from operating experts along with research, technology and strategies that helped them do so.

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