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February 20, 2024 44 mins

In this insightful episode of "Best But Never Final," join hosts Sean Mooney, Doug McCormick, and Lloyd Metz as they delve into the critical phase of private equity – the exit strategy. Learn how seasoned professionals approach the endgame of their investment journey, ensuring they've built businesses that can withstand market volatility and attract the right buyers. The trio shares their wisdom on timing the market, fostering durable business models, and the importance of long-term value creation over short-term gains. They also explore innovative financial tools like continuation vehicles and partnership deals that provide both liquidity and the opportunity for sustained growth.

Key takeaways include:
1:29 - The impact of exit timing on total return profiles.
7:20 - Strategies to build businesses that thrive through market cycles.
17:19 - The nuanced art of balancing investor IRR expectations with long-term business health.
25:44 - Bringing in a General Partner (GP) to help prepare for an exit.
36:05 - Common pitfalls to be aware of when considering an exit.

Listeners will gain a deeper understanding of the private equity landscape, from assessing macroeconomic indicators to geopolitical risks, and how these factors influence exit planning. This episode is a treasure trove of actionable advice for business owners considering PE investment, limited partners, and rising PE professionals looking to sharpen their acumen and navigate the complexities of the private equity world.

Don't miss the next episode, where we'll discuss aligning management incentives with equity ownership, and how this drives company performance and successful exits. Tune in to "Best But Never Final" for unparalleled industry insights that keep you ahead of the curve.

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