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Kirk Falconer

While much of the market news was gloomy, there were bright spots. Many GPs, big and small, old and new, succeeded in their fundraising – despite the challenging environment.
Employee ownership this year was more often figuring into private equity value-creation strategies.
Lodge tells us about her dream job as a field or ice hockey coach, her summer retreat in Rhode Island and the importance of staying close to family.
With the commitment, the pension system accounts for one-third of L2 Point Opportunities I's $300m target and half of its $200m raised to date.
Kahler was hired by ORIX Capital in 2019 from Safanad to develop its mid-market buyout business.
Chris O’Brien was identified in pension documents as firm head, evidently replacing co-founder John Hatherly, who has led Wynnchurch for much of its 24-year history.
Cay Freihofer, with Ridgemont Equity Partners for more than 13 years, most recently as a partner, left in September to launch Emerald.
The Sagard-PEM hook-up is only the latest in a recent run of M&A across the private equity industry.
In a subdued deal environment, mid-market buyouts are drawing more attention, in part because they often have attractive entry valuations and are easier to finance than large caps.
Macro uncertainty and challenging conditions will continue, but five industry veterans say there are bright spots to be found in the shadows.

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