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Abstract

Although the private equity firms (PEF?s), which originated in the late 1960s had achieved success and gained popularity in the US corporate world by the 1980s, the German corporate world maintained a hostile attitude towards such firms until the late 1990s. However, changes in the global competitive scenario had made the German corporates more receptive towards the PEF?s. While there were increasing reports that PEF?s had been transforming German industries through their superior business and corporate governance practices, critics argued that the activities of these firms were purely profit driven. The case helps in understanding the history and development of the global private equity industry and the attitude of the German corporate world towards PEF?s. The case also offers scope for discussion on whether investments by PEF?s in German companies would help in bringing about positive changes for the German corporate world.
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1997-2004

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Abstract

Although the private equity firms (PEF?s), which originated in the late 1960s had achieved success and gained popularity in the US corporate world by the 1980s, the German corporate world maintained a hostile attitude towards such firms until the late 1990s. However, changes in the global competitive scenario had made the German corporates more receptive towards the PEF?s. While there were increasing reports that PEF?s had been transforming German industries through their superior business and corporate governance practices, critics argued that the activities of these firms were purely profit driven. The case helps in understanding the history and development of the global private equity industry and the attitude of the German corporate world towards PEF?s. The case also offers scope for discussion on whether investments by PEF?s in German companies would help in bringing about positive changes for the German corporate world.

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1997-2004

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