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Risk & Reward


Portfolio company risk has become a GP priority and can't be left to boards to manage in isolation.

Excerpted from Real Deals | 4 November 2015

As the private equity industry has matured and moved into the mainstream, the scrutiny of the portfolio companies it invests in has intensified. Buyout firms that have backed funeral homes, domiciliary care providers and businesses in the food industry have seen just how destructive poor risk management can be to portfolio company value if not executed properly.

But despite its growing importance, a survey of more than 50 c-suite executives conducted by Marsh and Real Deals found that over 80 per cent of respondents said their private equity owners left risk management to the company.

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