10 women helping move private equity forward, Insight, Genstar prep sale of Bullhorn, Webster leads $350m investment in newly formed Retina Consultants of America

Honoring women in private equity and Insight and Genstar are preparing to put Bullhorn on the block.

Happy Monday, Hubsters!

Hope all is well.

If you only read one issue of Buyouts this year, make it our March issue.

Because it represents the future of the industry. Or it better. Because if, in 10 or 20 years, the industry isn’t led by the women you’ll read about in these pages (and others like them), then something went very wrong.

If, 10 years from now, we’re still talking about how to make sure women’s voices are heard around the table, or how to make sure women can choose to have families and still stay in their careers, then we failed.

Our goal is to not have to do anymore Women in PE features every March, because women in the industry have become routine and not some sort of special event. The goal is to have more firms formed by women, or firms with women in top leadership positions. The goal is to not have women make a heartbreaking choice between having a family and staying in a beloved career, but to not have to make a choice at all.

We get into all of it in this in the March issue of Buyouts. Today we present a reader favorite: 10 women who were recommended to us as rock star performers, mostly on the deal side, but also in IR and the back office. We even have firm founders in the mix.

This is the fifth year we’ve put together our 10 Women in PE profiles. Our cover package also includes an in-depth look into the status of women in the industry by Sarah Pringle, who talked to numerous sources about these issues. We’ll run Sarah’s story later today.

Our list of 10 includes:
* Ashley Evans, principal at Carlyle Group;
* Jo Natauri, partner in merchant banking group at Goldman Sachs;
* Jane Rowe, executive managing director and head of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan’s Equities Group;
* Jessie Cai, vice president at General Atlantic;
* Saron Tesfalul, principal at Bain Capital Private Equity;
* Erika Sptizer, partner at Leonard Green;
* Lauren Mulholland, partner at MiddleGround Capital;
* Michelle Noon, co-founder and managing partner at Clearhave Partners;
* Patti Melcher, co-founder of EIV Capital;
* Michelle Riley, general counsel at Bregal Sagemount.

Read it here.

Scoopage: Our scoop assassin Milana Vinn has a big one today that Insight Partners and Genstar Capital are gearing up to sell their investment in recruitment software company Bullhorn. The company is working with Lazard the anticipated sale process, expected to kick off in Q2, Milana writes on PE Hub. Check it out here.

Bullhorn changed hands a few time. Vista Equity acquired the company in 2012, and in 2017 sold the company to Insight Partners. As part of that deal, Genstar joined as a minority investor. At Vista, Bullhorn was led by Rene Yang, who was eventually named to lead the firm’s small-cap fund called Endeavor.

Top Scoops
Webster Capital formed the largest retina-focused physician practice management group in the country through the simultaneous acquisition and marriage of multiple specialty practices, Sarah Pringle writes on PE Hub. The new company is called Retina Consultants of America. Check it out here.

BV Investment Partners closed its tenth fund on its $1.1 billion hard cap in a first and final close. Along with the fund close, the firm promoted five to managing director. Read it here on PE Hub.

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