The Private Equity Effect

It’s no secret that the world of Private Equity is as lucrative as ever, with more and more businesses finding themselves being swept up in the furore. This can be the start of a whirlwind adventure with limitless prospects; not only for the businesses themselves but also for the specialist recruitment companies, since it presents us with an equally exciting opportunities to forge a reputation in a profit-making sector.

Historically, the UK has been at (or very near) the centre of these types of transactions. However, in recent times Ad Idem have found that, actually, the European market has borne far more fruit. As an Executive Search company who specialise in placing C-Level/Senior professionals on an interim and permanent basis, the increase in European interest from PE houses has created an influx of opportunities.

Of course, the UK market is still very much a key part of our businesses but, in truth, it is Europe where we have really been able to establish ourselves as key hiring partners to our PE clients and their portfolio companies. With contractors and permanent C-Level hires in Austria, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Ukraine, Czech Republic, and France, there has been a clear and obvious shift to being a far more Euro-centric business and, as such, we now have extensive reach and networks across these countries.

And this is mostly down to the influence of Private Equity.

Anyone who knows about Private Equity will understand why this is. But for those of you that don’t, let’s take a closer look.

Generally, and broadly speaking, there are 3 main PE transactions that take place:

  • Start-up or early stage investment;
  • Development fund;
  • Management buyout.

The first two are self-explanatory and are reasonably straightforward transactions. The third is what is most commonly associated with Private Equity and can get extremely complex, with various different types of management buyout.

But all have one very obvious thing in common: The need to hire.

Regardless of the type of transaction, they ultimately will all, at some point in the process, require additional staffing in order to meet the targets set out by the PE house and its, now, portfolio company. Whether this need stems from the need to completely transform and overhaul departments, processes, or systems; restructure or rebuild teams; undertake specialist projects ahead of a listing, merger, or acquisition; or a sale at a later date: we are perfectly situated to help. With a bank of trusted, vetted, and referenced professionals of the highest calibre, we are able to take even the most complex of mandates and secure the appropriate individual(s) for the job.

And it’s this unique ability to respond to our clients’ needs that has allowed Ad Exec International to truly add value and establish ourselves as a key recruitment partner to many portfolio companies of some of the biggest PE houses on the planet.

So, if you’re looking for your next challenge or want to hire, we’re here to help with a service that offers speed, efficiency, professionalism, and - most of all - no BS!

For more information on the opportunities available or to discuss our full range of services, please contact Sam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0203 857 4888.