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Thought this book would be a light read & easy-to-understand, but was quite the opposite where there are too many complicated graphs, too many analogies to Alice in Wonderland (to the point where it gets confusing) & I would classify 'private equity laid bare' that someone coming from the PE industry (like me), who reads a lot of literature in business & has been introduced to many of these concepts in school & whatnot, has trouble following the along the author's train of thought. Just seems like there's too many ideas (many of them intelligent & advanced), just not enough focus. So great material, just not an easy-read.
This is a great book. Coming from a background with know previous knowledge of PE it really help me to understand the industry. It is well written and the case studies really provide additional insights. I highly recommend this book.
I rarely finish reading a book but this ones was very different, very funny, entertaining and same time very easy to grasp the general knowledge on PE. Some of the assessments are slightly subjective and maybe a bit too much denigration of the PE industry as a whole.
Have recommended this book to some of my colleagues.
I was wondering if the excel sheets used in some of the chapters can be made available?
A brilliant, breakaway book in private equity! Concepts are explained simply and clearly but without loss of rigour. I particularly enjoyed the case studies which are cleverly integrated in separate boxes to show practical application of concepts. Due to the depth of material covered, especially on fund terms and fees, I would say it is suitable for all backgrounds, including those who have worked in industry. In cycling parlance, it’ll take you from domestique to Bernard Hinault. Chapeau!