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Aberdeen Standard, Whit Matthews, private equity, independent sponsor
Independent sponsors are a source of deal flow for LPs with co-investment experience Doing deals as an independent sponsor can be a proving ground for aspiring GPs Aberdeen often commits 30-50 pct of its PE funds to emerging managers Whit Matthews is a senior investment director at Aberdeen Standard Investments. He spoke with Buyouts about […]
private equity, media, entertainment, sports, gambling, casino
Cornwell was a team lead on sale of Perform to Vista Equity Deregulation in sports betting creates opportunity for M&A Sports data companies trade at high multiples K. Don Cornwell is a partner at PJT Partners, focused on media and entertainment, specifically sports and gaming. Most recently, Cornwell led the PJT team that represented Perform and its parent, […]
Aberdeen looks for secondary deal flow in smaller side of the market Has looked at single-asset deals ILPA restructuring guidelines will help bring transparency to the market Patrick Knechtli is the head of secondaries at Aberdeen Standard Investments. He spoke to Buyouts about new ILPA guidelines and how the secondaries market would react to a recession. […]
Aberdeen Standard, Hark Capital, Doug Cruikshank, loans, lending, credit, private equity
Hark Capital, which raised a $200 mln credit fund in 2017, lends to PE-backed companies Hark’s credit funds provide liquidity for portfolio company improvements after LP capital is exhausted Liquidity and competition continue to be top-of-mind for PE investors Doug Cruikshank is head of fund financing and Hark Capital at Aberdeen Standard Investments, where he […]
General Atlantic, Aaron Goldman, financial services, fintech, technology, private equity
General Atlantic invested in Adyen in 2014 H.I.G., GA sold FNZ for £1.65 bln GA to invest $715 mln in STOXX-Axioma deal Aaron Goldman is managing director and co-head of financial services at General Atlantic. He focuses on fintech. Before GA, Goldman was part of Freemont Group’s growth equity arm, where he invested in internet, […]
Jeffrey Keay, HarbourVest Partners, secondaries
Single-asset deals require more scrutiny because of concentrated risk Staples can work in narrow circumstances, but may impact pricing Mega-deals have become the norm in today’s market Jeffrey Keay is a managing director at HarbourVest Partners focusing on secondary transactions. Keay took a few minutes to speak with Buyouts about the state of the secondary […]
Kristin Mugford, Harvard Business School, private equity, women's issues, diversity, discrimination
Women must understand partner dynamics; assess why PE firm wants to hire you Firms focused on diversity; addressing inclusion and thriving remains a challenge Mugford’s message in wake of #metoo: Don’t stop mentoring women Kristin Mugford became Bain Capital’s first female managing director at age 32. She joined the global firm’s private equity business in […]
Matt Melymuka, PeakSpan Capital, private equity, merger, m&a
Matt Melymuka co-founded PeakSpan Capital in 2015 with Phil Dur and Brian Mulvey. The firm, focused on growth investments in B2B software, in January closed its sophomore fund on $265 million, exceeding the $225 million target. How do you differentiate as a firm in a market like software? We do that through focus and specialization within […]
Scott Joachim, Goodwin, law, private equity, merger, m&a
Firm sees record activity in tech M&A despite valuations AI, fintech, cybersecurity, face more regulatory uncertainty Growth equity needs adaptability from new sponsors Scott Joachim is a lawyer at Goodwin, where he leads technology deals and advises clients in New York and Silicon Valley. He joined Goodwin in April 2018 after he founded and chaired […]
Matt Melymuka, PeakSpan Capital, private equity, merger, m&a
Uses proprietary software to select prospects Works with potential partners on projects before investing Each PeakSpan partner works on 3 B2B software themes Matt Melymuka co-founded PeakSpan Capital in 2015 with Phil Dur and Brian Mulvey. The firm, focused on growth investments in B2B software, in January closed its sophomore fund on $265 million, exceeding the […]
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