Private Equity Deal Structuring

Private Equity Deal Structuring

A private equity investor is looking to deploy flexibility in deal structuring, to give him a competitive advantage over other, more constrained investors. Gavin will discuss the extent of this flexibility by describing the approach of private equity investors and some of the financial and non financial instruments included in a deal.
Overview

A private equity investor is looking to deploy flexibility in deal structuring, because it will give him a competitive advantage over other, more constrained investors. We can think of a private equity deal structure as being made up from components of a menu of both financial and non financial instruments. We have ordinary shares, which can be either a small minority, an influential minority; or a majority. We have preference shares, which are much more customisable than ordinary shares. Non financial instruments include board seats, veto rights and ratchet mechanisms. Reporting requirements and enforcement mechanisms are also important.

Key learning objectives:

  • The approach of PE investors

  • Financial and non financial instruments

  • Main obstacles to successful deals

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Gavin Ryan

Gavin Ryan

Gavin Ryan has twenty years’ experience as a private equity fund manager. He has managed a $30m Advent International Affiliate Fund, a $200m Fund part of Soros Fund Management and a €2.5bn Green Energy Asset Manager. Before he was in investment banking with HSBC and Nomura. Gavin has an Engineering Degree from Cambridge and an MBA from McGill.

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