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2016 Operating Partners Yearbook: The evolution of portfolio operations


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In an increasingly crowded field of private equity players, differentiation is important, and operating partners can help set a firm apart. While there may be more regulatory eyes on the compensation of private equity operating professionals, firms continue to utilize their expertise to improve their portfolio companies and ensure a solid return upon exiting.

Produced in partnership with Privcap, the 2016 Operating Partners Yearbook features experts at Arsenal Capital Partners, Baird Capital, Graham Partners, Vestar Capital Partners, Partners Group, The Riverside Company, Credit Suisse Private Fund Group, Welsh Carson, Audax Private Equity, KKR and RSM. They offer insights into portfolio company operations and how private equity firms are adding value to the businesses they invest in.

You will read about Arsenal Capital partnering with Chromaflo to create value, and about issues that can pop up when executing a carve-out. You'll find out why an operating partner joined Baird Capital after a 28-year career in industrial products, how two firms handle pooled purchasing, and why KKR partners with the Environmental Defense Fund to provide savings to some of its portfolio companies.

In addition, you’ll find a roundup of professional news involving operating professionals, and some data about just how many portfolio companies U.S. private equity firms own.

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