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Why private equity firms should include more women on deal teams

The body of data demonstrating that diversity improves performance has been growing in recent years, but, until now, there hasn’t been a close look at how gender diversity in private equity teams affects the performance of investments. Oliver Gottschalg, a professor at HEC Paris, studied performance at the PE deal level, and the results are compelling: Private equity investment committees that include women produce higher returns and lower risk of failure than all-male counterparts.