Insight Private Equity

40 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2012

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Andrej Gill

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Nikolai Visnjic

Goethe University Frankfurt

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Date Written: September 26, 2012


We build on previous work on operational performance evaluation of private equity portfolio companies as we are able to at least partially decrypt the black box consisting of restructuring tools these investors use and the corresponding impact on their portfolio companies. Beyond answering whether private equity improves operating efficiency we figure out which of the typical restructuring tools drive operating efficiency. Using a set of over 300 international leveraged buyout transactions in the last thirty years we find that while there is vast improvement in operational efficiency these gains vary considerably. Our top performing transactions are subject to strong equity incentives, frequent asset restructuring and tight control by the investor. Furthermore, investors experience has a positive and financial leverage a negative influence on operational performance.

Keywords: Private Equity, Active Shareholders, Leveraged Buyouts, Operational Performance, Corporate Restructuring

Suggested Citation

Gill, Andrej and Visnjic, Nikolai, Insight Private Equity (September 26, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Andrej Gill

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz ( email )

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Nikolai Visnjic (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )

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Frankfurt am Main, 60323

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