GERALD’S ARTICLES

Mastering Lower Middle Market Company Acquisition: A Comprehensive Guide for Executives

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru    Introduction  For seasoned executives venturing into the realm of private equity (PE) financing, the lower middle market offers a wealth of opportunities. With revenues between $20 million and $100 million, these companies present a unique blend of growth potential and manageable risk.

Case Study: The Path to Success in Private Equity

 Written By Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru        The journey of John, a seasoned executive who successfully transitioned into a leading role in a private equity (PE) firm, can serve as an inspiring example for those aspiring to break into the PE world.    John had decades of

The Power of Equity Ownership in Private Equity: A Hedge Against Inflation

By Written: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru   Inflation is an inevitable economic phenomenon that erodes the purchasing power of money over time. For executives managing or aspiring to run a Private Equity (PE) owned company, understanding how equity ownership can serve as a robust hedge against inflation is crucial.

Sailing the High Seas of Private Equity Leadership: Navigating Turnover and Securing Success

Written by: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru Introduction  Private equity (PE) is a dynamic and fast-paced industry, where C-suite executives face constant challenges and high expectations. The turnover rate in top leadership positions remains notably high due to performance pressure, short-term focus, deal-driven dynamics, misalignment of interests, and personal dynamics.

Unleashing the Power of Private Equity: The Executive’s Guide to Stand Out and Transform from Operator to Investor-Operator

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru In the high-stakes world of Private Equity (PE), it is imperative for executives to distinguish themselves. However, standing out is not simply about demonstrating experience and expertise; it’s about portraying a proactive, investor-oriented mindset. Today, we examine key strategies to achieve this, including

Predicting Performance: How Persistent are Private Fund Returns?

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru “Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.”    All investment professionals are familiar with the phrase, which is more than just legal fine print to cover any liability when discussing financial returns. The words are a simple warning stemming from lived

Counting the Costs: How M2 Money Supply Contractions Impact Small Manufacturers

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru A slowdown or contraction in M2 money supply can have significant microeconomic impacts on small businesses, including a manufacturing company with $3 million in EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization) and $15 million in annual sales. Here is an exhaustive list

Navigating Recession: The Pitfalls of Arrogance and Relying on Past Experiences

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru   Relying too heavily on past experiences can lead to blindness in a recessionary economy is crucial for them to navigate the challenges effectively.    Arrogance Can Be Detrimental: Start by highlighting that while experience and expertise are valuable, excessive arrogance can be detrimental.

Let’s Talk about PE Turnover and What You can do to Mitigate the Risk

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru High turnover in the C-suite of private equity (PE) firms can be attributed to several factors, and attending conferences can play a role in mitigating the risk of being fired. Here are some reasons for high turnover and how executives can use conferences

30-Second Verbal Introduction Outline

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru Introduction Welcome to our blog, where we’ll explore the art of delivering a compelling 30-second verbal introduction. Whether you’re an executive aiming to impress potential investors or a business professional looking to make a strong first impression, this guide will help you perfect

Why Direct Engagement is the Key to Success for Executives

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru Aspiring executives looking to transition into the Private Equity (PE) realm must recognize that the PE landscape differs significantly from traditional corporate environments. Without direct engagement with PE firms to grasp the intricacies of financial and management trends, they find themselves at a

Case Study: Navigating Economic Turbulence – John’s Strategy

Written By: Gerald O’Dwyer the PE Guru Background:  The world has been navigating an economic roller coaster:    2020-21: An unprecedented pandemic led to massive stimulus measures. This, coupled with pandemic restrictions, led to increased household savings. Meanwhile, the stock market witnessed a “meme stock” bubble, drawing global attention.  mid-2021-22:

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