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December 2019

Thu Dec 12

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Environmental Services Companies

M&A is stronger than ever in the water, waste, and recycling industries. According to one estimate, there were 75 deals in the first half of this year, up from 43 a year earlier.

Another report calculates that private equity firms -- attracted by the sectors’ fragmented nature and recurring recession-resistant revenue-- had already done more platform deals (nine) by July 2019 than they did all of 2018 (six), according to one report.

This success is happening despite rollbacks in environmental regulation and China’s decision to no longer be the dumping ground for the world’s recycled waste which has left municipalities and waste companies in the U.S. scrambling for alternatives. But experts say these recent developments offer an opportunity to invest in better solutions that depart from an unsustainable throwaway culture.

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January 2020

Wed Jan 22

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
in Education-Focused Companies

Bain Capital Double Impact Fund’s acquisition of Penn Foster -- and its subsequent add-on of Ashworth College -- is a classic example of a private equity firm capitalizing on multiple hot trends.

But it’s also an investment that keeps in focus the two critical long-term fundamentals in the education industry -- costs and outcomes.

Hot areas of investment in education come and go (remember MOOCs and coding schools?), but these two fundamentals remain constant, or, if anything, they’ve actually increased in importance!

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Tue Jan 28

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Beauty & Personal Care Companies

When The Estee Lauder Companies acquired Too Faced Cosmetics from PE firm General Atlantic in 2016, it was Lauder’s biggest deal ever.

A major selling point was the indie brand’s connection with millions of millennials who feel passionately about social media, fashion, and pop culture.

Too Faced had over 7.3 million Instagram followers and Estee Lauder’s craving to attract millennial taste-makers convinced it to pay a whopping $1.45 billion– about three times more than what General Atlantic had paid just 18 months earlier.

Successful beauty and personal care brands are increasingly targets for private equity investors. Brands with massive social media and digital marketing followings have ignited a frenzy among investors.

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February 2020

Tue Feb 25

March 2020

Thu Mar 19

BEST PRACTICES
For Launching & Managing SBIC Funds

All-day conference chaired by Andrew Panzo of NewSpring Capital; more details to come!

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Tue Mar 31

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Cannabis Industry Companies

Investing in cannabis companies is a hot hand right now – especially considering that cannabis hasn’t even been legalized in much of the world.

In fact, some investors worry that cannabis investing may already have become TOO hot -- valuations are steep, consolidation is well under way, major corporations are competing for deals —and meanwhile, unknown regulatory risks hover in the background.

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April 2020

Thu Apr 2

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Food & Nutrition Companies

Hankering to nosh on something nutritious – and also a little exotic?

Perhaps you’d consider heading online to order a bag of frozen Brazi Bites-brand chickpea veggie Empanadas. They’re touted by their private equity-backed maker as a South American “hand-held favorite.”

You’d not only be grabbing a gluten-free bite to eat. You’d be embracing some of the biggest consumer trends in the food industry—trends acting as a compass for both private equity firms and strategics in search of profitable, fast-growing additions to their portfolios.

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May 2020

Tue May 19

BEST PRACTICES
For Sourcing Private Equity Investment Opportunities

Attention, business development professionals!! Your newest colleague may be a virtual robot that finds deals using artificial intelligence.

PE firms are facing average multiples for deals running at around 11x EBITDA and mountains of dry powder that are reaching a record high of $2 trillion,

So it’s no surprise that it’s become harder and harder for them to find exclusive deals, let alone pay “reasonable” prices.

As a result, a number of private equity firms – e.g., Pilot Growth Equity Partners, Enter Capital, Insight Partners, and Jolt Capital -- have begun using artificial intelligence and data mining not only to sort through deals but also just to find and evaluate them.

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June 2020

Thu Jun 11
Tue Jun 16

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Franchise Companies

All-day conference chaired by Maggie Prager of Bregal Partners; more details to come!

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