Corporate Governance Should Combine the Best of Private Equity and Family Firms

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We believe so — it is a form of governance that is much older than the public and private equity models, one developed in sophisticated Western capital markets. It takes time and courage to establish a chocolate habit in a completely new market, without compromising the original brand name, quality, or taste standards. The public corporation is typically bedeviled by the gap between managers’ and shareholders’ interests.

Private Equity’s New Phase

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In phase one (buy and sell), PE investors looked for the equivalent of a “fixer-upper house” — a dilapidated company in a good industry that could be purchased at a discount and, after the business equivalent of some fresh paint and new appliances, resold for a profit. This phase was loosely called leverage buy out (LBO) from about 1979 to 1990 and included over 2,000 LBOs. a condo development, apartment building, or golf course).

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