Private Equity

Private equity is arguably the most dynamic global business phenomenon of the last 10 years. Attracting talent - and supporting investment clients with talent - is key to success. Indeed, private equity accounts for up to 20% of the national employed workforce in some markets, significantly contributing to the GDP of both domestic and international markets. This makes the need for quality leaders even more paramount.

Odgers Berndtson's international Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice is a dedicated coverage group focusing on the human capital issues facing this industry. We have specific experience of having worked for a broad range of private equity & venture capital firms that range from early-stage investors, university or foundation-sponsored incubators, through to mid market buy-in and leveraged buy-out funds, to the largest global private equity funds.

Our access to people and our coverage across 30 countries worldwide has allowed us to play a critical role as a true human capital partner to private equity and venture firms, around the world.

We have worked directly for the private equity and venture funds assisting their recruitment of investment professionals at all levels, including in-house finance and HR functions, operating partners and portfolio directors.

We also have extensive experience of recruiting for funds' portfolio businesses, offering services that include top-level executive search, interim management, pre-acquisition due diligence, independent referencing, outplacement; as well as management audit and appraisal (which is independent to Odgers Berndtson). Our services have also included retained talent mapping for a select group of clients, in order to provide a best-in-class solution to their human capital requirements.

Our private equity & venture capital professionals work with our industry specialists to bring a deep understanding and knowledge of the private equity world with a tailored approach to the needs of each individual fund and its investee companies.

Our Private Equity & Venture Capital Practice has conducted assignments in the following areas:

  • Europe & Asia Pacific CFO/COO - global buy-out fund
  • Managing Director Germany - Pan-European buy-out fund
  • Chief Executive Officer - foundation incubator
  • Managing Director Media - private equity fund
  • EMEA HR Director - global buy-out fund
  • CEO Pre-Acquisition - $3bn portfolio buy-out
  • CFO Post-Acquisition - $1bn portfolio company
  • Chair Pre-AIM IPO - US private equity backed business
  • Pan European Advisory Board - $6bn hedge fund
  • Pre-Acquisition Management Audit Projects

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