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. Samsung is a global leader renowned for innovation talent, yet with strong family control.

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.

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