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The Future of Private Equity: Beyond the Mega Buyout
The Future of Private Equity: Beyond the Mega Buyout
by M. Bishop
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strategy book in disguise - informative and well-written, 27 Nov. 2012
The bulk of this book takes the form of a series of interviews between the author and a number of figures involved in private equity. The people interviewed are serious figures, and it is testament to Mark Bishop that he has been able to secure access with them all. As well as being interesting and informative, this (somewhat unusual) format makes for a very readable book: the individual 'voice' of each interviewee comes across, as well as that of the author.

Alongside these interviews are succinct introductions to each chapter, in which the author provides (in my opinion) just the right level of introduction, setting the interview in context but not overwhelming it.

I approached the book purely out of interest, and it works very well on that level; I actually found that it was interesting to view it as a book on business strategy, which just happens to draw on the experience of private equity as its context. It covers such business strategy topics as:

* the creation of enterprise value;
* establishing sensible capital structures for businesses (debt and equity splits);
* operating in emerging markets and low-income countries; and
* business model innovation (including told through the story of a private equity firm that is operating using a novel model).

All of these would be of interest to people from a range of business backgrounds looking to read widely around generic business strategy. However, for those involved more directly in private equity, either working in the sector or looking to engage with it to raise finance, I would imagine that this book would be even more valuable, and is set to become something of a 'must read'.

(In the interests of full disclosure - I know the book's author and have worked with him on a number of projects.)


Corporate Financial Strategy
Corporate Financial Strategy
by Ruth Bender
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A very clear book, 8 Jun. 2012
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This book does an excellent job of making its subject matter approachable. In other hands, financial textbooks can become both complex and dull; Bender and Ward avoid both of these pitfalls. All the key concepts are made very clear, and there is just enough individuality to the writing that you can get a feel that the authors are real people, but not so much that it becomes distracting and chatty. The book is also more practical than others - yes, it is still a textbook, so you do not feel like you are reading something that someone has just made up, but it combines that rigour with information on how its ideas would apply to businesses in different stages of development.

The book is also admirably concise; it covers its territory without being overly long. One of the appendices, for example, covers in a few pages a topic that I have seen take up a chapter or more in other books - and it does it without sacrificing intelligibility.


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