What Do Private Equity Firms Do?

As the CEO of iPoint Capital Partners, Hilt Tatum IV oversees venture capital and private equity investments by the company. Over the course of his career, Hilt Tatum IV has started more than 20 businesses and helped his company establish financial footholds on four continents.

Institutions and high-net-worth individuals often turn to private equity firms to help them manage their money and earn good returns. After raising funds from multiple parties, private equity firms invest in companies whose shares are traded privately, or they buy out publicly traded companies and take them private.

Each private equity firm has two major tasks: conducting deals and overseeing a portfolio of companies. Firms often cultivate relationships with other players in the financial industry, like investment banks and merger-and-acquisitions attorneys, who help them identify potential deals. Once they have invested in a company, the firms tend to take an active role in helping them succeed. Private equity firms may introduce new best practices or business systems to help their portfolio companies improve their performance and realize their full potential.


Save the Children in Latin America

Outside of his duties as the CEO of iPoint Capital Partners, Hilt Tatum IV works with a number of charities operating in Latin America. In addition to contributing to the Red Cross and the Children of Darien (Panama) Foundation, Hilt Tatum IV provides support to Save the Children.

Save the Children seeks to protect kids and provide them with a healthy start to their lives. In Latin America, the nonprofit organization has served children in countries ranging from Bolivia to Guatemala for decades, helping thousands of the poorest children in the world with food security, primary education, nutrition, and more.

The Latin American countries that Save the Children serves receive funding and programs suited to their needs. In Bolivia, the nonprofit has worked to address rainy-season disasters and infant mortality. In Honduras, it runs a food-security initiative as well as education programs in conjunction with communities and local governments. In Nicaragua, it trains teachers and community health workers to bring childhood health care and education to rural communities. To learn more, visit Save the Children online at http://www.savethechildren.org.

Private Equity Industry Expansion Leads to Higher Salaries

Panamanian entrepreneur Hilt Tatum IV is the president of iPoint Capital Partners, a venture capital and wealth management business he cofounded in 2006. Consulting services provided by Hilt Tatum IV and his company focus on private equity, real estate developments, asset management, and tax planning.

The private equity industry has enjoyed significant expansion over the past few years, according to Collar Capital’s Michael Schad, an investor in the secondary private equity market. With industry expansion comes increased private equity investment and co-investment in asset class, as well as higher wages for employees working within the sector.

Limited partnership employees are being recruited from other limited partnerships as well as alternative asset management firms, investment banks, and private equity firms. Klaus Ruhne of ATP Private Equity Partners predicts that the increase in limited partnership remuneration should result in a more sensible and consistent limited partnership organization as well as a more intelligent deployment of capital overall.