Introduction to Private Equity is a critical yet grounded guide to the private equity industry. Far more than just another introductory guide, the book blends academic rigour with practical experience to provide a critical perspective of the industry from a professional who has worked at many levels within the industry, including insurance, funds of funds, funds and portfolio companies.
The book looks at private equity from the point of view of the individual or the business. How is a private business valued? How is the acquisition transaction processed? What are the due diligence issues that should be considered before moving ahead? A valuable insight to a rather opaque market.
Introduction to Private Equity covers the private equity industry as a whole, highlighting its historical development in order to put its recent development into perspective. The book covers its organization, governance and function, then details the various segments within the industry, including LBO, Venture Capital, Mezzanine Financing, Growth Capital and beyond. Finally, it offers a framework to anticipate and understand its future developments.
It provides a balanced perspective on the current corporate governance challenges which are affecting the industry and draws perspective to understand the evolution of the sector, following one of its major crises.
Praise for Private Equity in China
"During my thirty years of involvement with Asia, I have come to know and admire Yong Kwek Ping for his extraordinary knowledge about the Chinese financial world. This book provides unique insights on what is going on in the world of private equity in the second largest economy on the planet. Yong Kwek Ping is giving us an elegant new book, well balanced, judicious, and brilliantly clear in his judgment. His unique combination of practical experience and academic insights bring us a new level of understanding of the nature of private equity in China. Tautly written, this book is a new landmark, a work of great lucidity. An absolute must-read."—Dr. Dominique Turpin, President and The Nestlé Professor, IMD
"Attracted by the strong growth of the Chinese economy and superlative returns of the private equity investments in China made in the last decade, many businesses and people (both foreign and local) are rushing into private equity in China without a deep understanding of the sector. This book, written by a veteran practitioner, provides a thorough overview of the private equity landscape, market trends, challenges, and opportunities. With numerous real-life cases in each chapter, Kwek Ping also succeeds in demystifying private equity in China. A must-read for anyone interested to learn about private equity or doing business in China!"—Chee-Yann Wong, Investment Principal, Actis's Beijing office
"An important compendium, demonstrating the author's deep and adequate knowledge within the intricacies of perhaps this century's most important arena for investments and disinvestments. The research base is outstanding?a remarkable and indispensible resource for anyone already involved, and anyone who wants to become involved, with the future world champion in economic activity."
—Tom Preststulen, Managing Partner, Elkem, a China National BlueStar company
"The Chinese private equity industry is in some respects similar to its Western counterparts, but, in others, more complex and quite different. This timely book takes a detailed view of the Chinese market and how it does, and does not, resemble private equity elsewhere."—Josh Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School
"The China private equity industry is at its nascent stage and it is evolving so quickly with huge potential untapped. This is the first book to give insights into the industry from a practitioner's point of views with concrete examples and illustrations. It is also a pioneering book which covers Chinese RMB funds, and explains in detail the major differences of private equity investment in China to how private equity is done by its western counterparts."—David Schmittlein, John C Head II Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management
Michael Lewis creates a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 bestseller Liar's Poker. Out of a handful of unlikely-really unlikely-heroes, Lewis fashions a story as compelling and unusual as any of his earlier bestsellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our time.
An authoritative exposé of the mysterious and potentially dangerous world of private equity.
Marquee private equity firms such as Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts have grown bigger and more powerful than ever. They have also become the nation's largest employers through the businesses they own. Journalist Josh Kosman explores private equity's explosive growth and shows how its barons wring profits at the expense of the long-term health of their companies. He argues that excessive debt and mismanagement will likely trigger another economic meltdown within the next five years, wiping out up to two million jobs.
He also explores the links between the private equity elite and Washington power players, who have helped them escape government scrutiny. The result is a timely book with an important warning for us all.
The fight to control RJR Nabisco during October and November of 1988 was more than just the largest takeover in Wall Street history. Marked by brazen displays of ego not seen in American business for decades, it became the high point of a new gilded age, and its repercussions are still being felt. The ultimate story of greed and glory, Barbarians at the Gate is the gripping account of these two frenzied months, of deal makers and publicity flaks, of an old-line industrial powerhouse that became the victim of the ruthless and rapacious style of finance in the 1980s. Written with the bravado of a novel and researched with the diligence of a sweeping cultural history, here is the unforgettable story of the takeover in all its brutality.
The #1 bestseller that captured the savage fight for control of RJR Nabisco, the largest takeover in Wall Street history.