The private equity sector is experiencing unprecedented fund inflows and investment activity. Given our long-standing focus in this area, Egon Zehnder is uniquely equipped to help firms address the growing related demands. For decades, we have been the partner most often trusted by private equity firms looking to expand from their home base to new geographies — whether starting from Europe, the United States, Asia, or elsewhere.
In recent years, we have seen increasing cases of foreign firms setting up shop in the United States, first-time shops hiring de novo teams, and existing firms raising new and bigger funds deploying additional strategies (special situations, growth equity, and credit instruments, for instance). We have noted many limited partner organizations behaving more like general partners, developing their own investment capabilities. At the same time, the talent market has become more fluid than ever.
There are two distinct aspects to private equity talent sourcing. At the fund level, entities require top caliber leaders across a full suite of roles: investment professionals, operating partners, senior advisers, and functional leads such as human resources, investor relations, capital markets, CFOs, and COOs. At the portfolio level, C-suite and board positions across all industries are in high demand. For these highly regionalized businesses, we can draw upon our deep local and sector expertise across practices (Consumer, Health Care, Financial Services, Technology/Communications, Industrial) — all aligned with their PE counterparts.
These industry dynamics are ideally aligned with Egon Zehnder’s One Firm model. Our geographic and sector breadth (including 68 offices across 40 countries) and deep expertise (our nearly 450 consultants are hired almost entirely from industry, so we understand the prevailing issues) enable us to provide distinctive sponsor coverage across countries. Although other consulting firms may also offer a single point of contact to support multi-region projects, at Egon Zehnder this structure is seamless and organic.
Despite significant financial incentives tying talent to existing shops, the rapid expansion of portfolios has fueled an enticing market for young top performers. This places the onus on PE executive teams to manage their talent proactively and systematically, including leadership succession. This is another area in which Egon Zehnder excels, honed through extensive experience across financial services verticals.
We welcome the opportunity to help private equity management teams experience true local partnership through Egon Zehnder’s deep expertise and integrated service approach.