April 20, 2022
By Eric Bragg and Ben Bacon
Private equity fund-raising and deal flow are at all-time highs. Dry powder is nearing $2 trillion—cruising past previous records. Exit multiples are sky-rocketing, as firms line up in droves to acquire new assets. More than ever, investors are trusting their assets to the blisteringly-fast rounds of fund-raising. The largest-ever fund-raising round closed in December 2021 at $24.4 billion.
Private equity has become synonymous with high performance, driving record numbers of organizations into the mix. While the number of publicly-traded companies has dropped by 40% since 2000, the number of PE-backed companies is on a sharp incline, up 60%, McKinsey reports.
With this breathtaking performance come hefty expectations. Pressure to make smart bets on value-creation strategies is ever-intensifying. Infor’s Private Equity group is a seasoned team of dedicated resources, tasked to act as a fiduciary of firms’ assets as technology is increasingly seen as a value creation lever in their portfolios.
Our recently published Infor Private Equity Playbook provides an overview of our engagement model, support, and related value provided by our team, our company, and Koch Industries, in serving private equity firms as they seek to leverage technology as a value-creation strategy in their investment portfolios.
About the authors
Eric Bragg is a Senior Managing Director with Infor’s Private Equity Practice. Eric’s 30-year career in private equity includes roles as Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting’s HCM and SAP practices. As Alliance Director at Kronos, he collaborated with colleagues to establish private equity as a channel.
Ben Bacon is a Managing Director with Infor’s Private Equity Relations Team. In his 20-year career, Ben has worked alongside hundreds of brands as a member of a variety of advertising agencies, global technology companies, and software leaders. He is in his fourth year with Infor, where he helped establish the analytics practice for private equity.