private equities



The challenge

Private equity has grown dramatically over the past decade. Investor allocations, the outperformance of private equity versus public companies, and market appreciation have grown global assets to a new high of $3.6 trillion, excluding venture capital. As industry growth slows, private equity firms will continue to shift more time and resources from front office deal-making to growing profitability through restructuring and operational efficiencies. Key questions managers need to answer in this process include “How do I integrate the acquired companies into the portfolio?” How do I optimize the operational spend? Where can I improve our processes? And how do we create the maximum value in our portfolio?” While private equity firms have historically focused on growing the value of the fund through securing favorable deal terms during the acquisition of portfolio companies, these terms have lessened in attractiveness due to lower available levels of financial leverage. As a result, PE managers have turned their attention toward post-deal value creation. Though the goal is still to focus on finding portfolio companies with good products, services, and distribution during the deal-making process, optimizing the performance of the acquired business is the first rule in the playbook after the deal is done.

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The solution

SPARQ360 provides solutions to improve Engagement, facilitate Change management and accelerate Continuous Improvement. Key focus is to involve all relevant stakeholders and identify the promotors, distractors, motivators and demotivators thru our fact-based approach. This helps to create buy in for changes and active participation of the operating companies. Our Engagement solutions include employee recognition programs and tools to listen to the ‘Voice of the employee’- How can you help your portfolio companies to be successful and increase value creation in the organization. We do this by deploying modules from the SPARQ360 VALUE CIRCLE™, which includes processes and technology to improve people ENGAGEMENT via dialogue, idea generation and innovation via IDEATION and simple structured LEAN/Agile mplementations via REALISATION. This solution is successfully used within several Private Equity firms in the USA.

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The results

improved engagement

Improved engagement of operating companies and partners in PE Portfolio.


A transparent funnel of best practices from Operating companies and partners to share across the Group.


Change management, where employees & partners are actively involved in the process, increasing support for change and improving quality and cost efficiency.

sustainable culture

A sustainable culture that is focused on delivering policy, where people are empowered to improve their own working environment.


Standardized Lean/Agile implementation processes that can be used in small project teams and leveraged thru out the larger organization.

Case study


The clients demand

A PE group was looking ways to improve engagement at their operating companies.

The Solution

We deployed our Dialogue and Engagement solution to measure engagement and collect the main Themes that were influencing Engagement and performance. and creating buy-in and participation from the staff.

The Result

Engagement levels in 1 year showed a significant improvement as a result of engaging people through Engagement.