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.

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