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
  • Sales rank: 996,905
  • 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


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