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The Private Equity Edge: How Private Equity Players and the World's Top Companies Build Value and Wealth / Edition 1

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The world is changing and has never

been more challenging to private equity

players, public companies, and investors. With

record market volatility and a global economic

crisis, decision makers of all types can

learn from successful private equity players

and other top value builders.

Private equity is growing at a rapid rate, with $2.7 trillion in

transactions since 2001 and buyouts occurring

in every type of market, including declining

ones. And now, with the end of investment

banks as we know them, the door is open to

more opportunities than ever.

In The Private Equity Edge, economics giant

Arthur B. Laffer, along with value-building

experts William J. Hass and Shepherd G.

Pryor IV, combines the concepts of intrinsic

value, macroeconomics, and incentives into

a single strategy used by today’s top value

builders. You’ll learn how to create value

while reducing risk by:

  • Thoroughly exploring relevant data

    to quantify ranges of value and risk

  • Anticipating reactions of those

    whom you seek to influence

  • Exploring possibilities and options

    before making major decisions

  • Employing incentive systems that work

    in both up and down markets

Examples of major private equity players

at Blackstone, KKR, Carlyle, Cerberus, and

Madison Dearborne Partners illustrate what

to do and what to avoid in specific situations.

Decision makers seeking to take full advantage

of the new, interconnected world of

business and economics will learn how to

make the best decision the first time around,

quickly and with conviction—the key to

seizing the private equity edge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071590785
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur B. Laffer, Ph.D., served

as one of President Ronald

Reagan’s chief economic advisers

in the 1970s and 1980s.

His supply-side theories helped

trigger the global tax-cutting

movement of the 1980s. Laffer is on The Wall

Street Journal’s Gallery of the Greatest People

Who Influenced Our Daily Business and was

referred to as one of the “century’s greatest

minds” in Time magazine. Inventor of the

“Laffer Curve,” he serves on various public

and private boards and is the recipient of

two Graham & Dodd awards and the Adam

Smith award.

William J. Hass, CTP, is CEO

of the strategy and turnaround

firm TeamWork Technologies.

He previously served as chairman

of the Turnaround Management

Association and was a

partner of accounting giant Ernst & Young.

He is a certified turnaround professional.

Shepherd G. Pryor IV is a consultant,

corporate director, and

educator on the subject of corporate

value. He has served on

the boards of four corporations

and was formerly corporate

banking leader at Wells Fargo Bank.

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Table of Contents

PART 1: Dig Deeper

1. Value – Rules of Thumb

2. Wealth – People in Free Markets Don’t Work or Invest to Pay Taxes

3. Risk – Life is Not a Straight Line

4. Incentives – What’s Wrong with Compensation?

5. Scenarios – Look Before You Leap

PART 2: Act Sooner

6. Speed – The Google Age

7. Renewal – Even Great Companies Must Change

8. Experimentation and Innovation – Action Accelerates Learning

9. Summary

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