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The HEC-Dow Jones Private Equity Fitness Ranking by Prof. Oliver Gottschalg

3 May 2010

HEC Paris Professor Oliver Gottschalg has just published another landmark ranking for the Private Equity sector, drawing on a long-running academic study into the industry’s performance drivers.

The HEC-Dow Jones Private Equity Fitness RankingTM lists the Top 25 PE firms in terms of their competitive fitness, specifically, their expected ability to yield a superior performance over the next 5-10 years. With this ranking, Professor Gottschalg answers the question: “Which firms are best positioned to generate strong long-term performance in the future?

The ranking analyzes the world’s leading PE firms in terms of their “competitive fitness”. It evaluates each firm’s competitive positioning based on 10 different empirically validated criteria and then derives an overall future competitiveness score based on the historic link between firm performance and each of these criteria. Collectively, these criteria capture some of the most relevant drivers of value creation, including scale, quality of deal flow, ability to time debt and equity markets, and strategic positioning.

This study builds on over 10 years of empirical research. Supported by the HEC Foundation, it sheds light on the fundamental success factors of a notoriously secretive industry and points to the PE Firms that are most likely to yield a superior performance even in a difficult economic environment” , says Professor Gottschalg.

Please find here the press release

Download the Executive Summary (pdf)

Watch the interview of Professor Gottschalg (YouTube)


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