Blackstone Invests in Kohlberg

Blackstone Invests in Kohlberg

Blackstone has acquired a minority equity interest in private equity investor Kohlberg & Company. The investment by Blackstone was made through its Strategic Capital Holdings Fund which is part of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM), the firm’s hedge fund business which specializes in acquiring stakes in alternative asset managers. Kohlberg & Company invests in companies […]

Mason Wells Looks to Specialty Chemicals

Mason Wells Looks to Specialty Chemicals

Milwaukee-based private equity firm Mason Wells has partnered with Doug MacRae to seek and acquire a specialty chemicals company that is active in the coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers (CASE) markets. Mr. MacRae has 30 years of specialty chemicals experience in a variety of commercial, operational, and executive leadership roles. Beginning in May 2013 he […]

Stellex Takes Aim at Automotive

Stellex Takes Aim at Automotive

Stellex Capital Management has partnered with Bruce Swift, an executive with over 30 years of senior management experience in the automotive industry, to pursue an acquisition strategy in the manufacturing and automotive space. Stellex invests from $25 million to $100 million per transaction in companies experiencing some form of financial, operational or industry-driven distress. Target […]

Using Sell Side Diligence to Increase Returns

Using Sell Side Diligence to Increase Returns

By Kay Cruse, Vice President, Strategex – Customer diligence pre-close is one of the more underutilized tools in private equity target assessments. More times than not, it’s a “check the box” exercise that nets very little value other than understanding whether or not a customer is stable or secure. At Strategex, we’ve identified ways to […]

How Supply Chain Initiatives Create Value and Enhance ROI for PE Firms

How Supply Chain Initiatives Create Value and Enhance ROI for PE Firms

Managing and operating partners are continually tasked with the job of improving EBITDA. An oft overlooked area usually ripe with optimization opportunity is the supply chain. Many times, it’s difficult to gain a clear big-picture supply chain view from one end to the other. The complexities can hide redundancies, outdated and inefficient practices and processes, […]

Waking Up to Cybercrime: The Real Risk to Private Equity

Waking Up to Cybercrime: The Real Risk to Private Equity

By Jason Lawrence, IT Director and Group Information Security Officer, Augentius – Cybercrime is one of the most serious threats currently facing financial services firms. Yet, while the risk is also present for private equity funds, the level of recognition towards the threat is notably absent in this sector. So why is this? It appears […]

Crestview to Roll Up Engineering and Construction Services

Crestview to Roll Up Engineering and Construction Services

Crestview Partners has joined with Congruex, a newly-formed company established to build a nationwide platform to provide design, engineering, construction and maintenance services to broadband network and utility operators. Congruex and Crestview are targeting a consolidation of the fragmented engineering and construction services industry via acquisitions and organic growth based on the assumption that robust […]

CIC Looks to Food Ingredients

CIC Looks to Food Ingredients

CIC Partners has partnered with operating executive Randy Cimorelli, the former CEO of Mac & Massey, to pursue a platform company investment in the food ingredients, flavors and specialty manufacturing sectors. Mr. Cimorelli is a 25 year veteran of the food industry. He joined Mac & Massey, an ingredient broker and distributor, in 1990 and […]

MDP Joins with Ex-Nielsen Head

MDP Joins with Ex-Nielsen Head

Madison Dearborn Partners has partnered with John Lewis, the former Global President of Nielsen, to pursue investment opportunities in the information services sector. “John is a successful operator with a deep understanding of what it takes to build and cultivate a strong franchise in information services,” said Scott Pasquini, a Managing Director at Madison Dearborn. […]

Riverside Adds Parkwood to Ownership

Riverside Adds Parkwood to Ownership

The Riverside Company has sold a non-voting minority equity interest in itself to Parkwood LLC, an institutional limited partner in multiple Riverside funds. “Parkwood has a deep understanding of Riverside including our strategy, market leadership and culture,” said Riverside Co-CEO Stewart Kohl. “This is a natural extension of our mutually beneficial relationship. I’ve long admired […]

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