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Assessing bolt-on risks and opportunities in a time of huge political and economic uncertainty

It’s an uncomfortable truth, but the impact of COVID means that many companies now seem attractive and viable investment opportunities. Many of the investors we speak to expect to see more appealing valuations and more assets becoming available, as owner managers and...

Creating market value: why invest in strategic communications

Why investors and investor-backed businesses should invest in strategic communications Creating market value is the name of the game for private equity investors. The moment an investor buys an asset, it immediately joins the queue to be sold again. Straight away there is significant pressure to make changes to ensure it grows and can secure a higher multiple on exit. I was at a talk recently and an investor spoke about how they could only make three to five big strategic choices...

Why investor-backed high growth businesses need a different approach to strategic communications and ESG

Private equity often buys businesses with a view to rapid buy and build expansion, increasing revenues and building a much larger business that can achieve high returns. A different approach The trajectory of such businesses requires a different approach to strategic communications and ESG (environmental, social and governance issues), compared to companies engaged on steadier organic growth in less dynamic environments. Their communications and ESG strategies need to take account...

Working with management teams of investor backed businesses

There are many reasons why investor backed businesses look for support as they progress through their investment cycle. Many businesses securing PE backing for the first time oftentimes lack what they need: For example, they do not have the internal infrastructure and communications structures in place to support sustainable long-term growth on day one. For others, they have long received PE backing and are seeking new areas for growth. GK working with Management teams Over the past...