When private equity meets HR


Private Equity (PE) funds are amongst the most important investors in takeovers and carve-outs, particularly given the relative weakness of the European banking sector and the challenges of financing of large- and midsize companies in a world of rising interest rates.

Traditionally, some unions and labour activists have had concerns about the operations of private equity investors (even deriding them as ‘locusts’), but some recent very significant company rescues would have been inconceivable without PE financing and both PE and HR have started to develop ways of working together in the interests of increasing the human capital buried deeply within the assets.

Ius Laboris Global HR Lawyers, the world’s largest network of employment lawyers, has recently developed two key training programmes: one to help PE funds meet HR challenges both before and after a transaction and when preparing their exit; and the other to help HR managers deal with a situation in which there is a PE shareholder.

For private equity investors: our tailored HR services
At Ius Laboris, we have over 20 years of experience of assisting private equity clients in managing the HR aspects of transactions. In this video, Arnaud Teissier (France), James Davies (UK) and Burkard Göpfert (Germany) explain how the Ius Laboris Alliance can support private equity investors before, during and after an acquisition. We also invite you to contact us at [email protected] for an in-depth presentation to your team.
For HR managers: handling the HR aspects of a private equity investment in your company
What should be the focus for HR management when a private equity investor acquires the company? In this video, we look at what kinds of issues HR managers can face and what the priorities should be, including making the process as smooth as possible for employees. Our lawyers Arnaud Teissier (France), James Davies (UK) and Burkard Göpfert (Germany) describe the steps HR can take.

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The resources on this page have been produced with the help of our lawyers in a large number of countries around the world. Burkard Göpfert is a partner in our German law firm and is Head of our Restructuring & Labour Relations Expert Group. Emanuela Nespoli is a partner in our Italian law firm and is Head of our Compensation & Benefits Expert Group. Sam Everatt is the Executive Director of Ius Laboris. Contact us to find out more.
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