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Merchants of Enterprise: Private Equity in Canada – the Colour and Controversy

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Merchants of Enterprise: Private Equity in Canada    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-7798-1940-9
Pages 188
Language English only
Price $51.00
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Written by Miriam Varadi.
Published by Carswell, 2009.


Private equity firms burst onto the investment scene in a big way over a decade ago but kept a low profile. When people saw big household names such as Shoppers Drug Mart and Yellow Pages being scooped up, they began to ask "Who are those guys?"

Now, Merchants of Enterprise provides the answers. Miriam Varadi, a professional investment advisor for more than 27 years, takes you behind the curtain and exposes the inner workings of private equity firms. Ms. Varadi's account is all the more authoritative because she gained unprecedented on-the-record access to many of the biggest deal-makers in private equity.

Private equity is a global industry, and this book presents the global picture. But Ms. Varadi writes from the vantage point of Canada. Canada was the scene of the world's biggest attempted leveraged buyout by a private equity group, the aborted $52 billion BCE deal. Canada is also home to some of the world's most sophisticated private institutional investors.

The book deals with the vital issues raised by private equity. Why did it often outperform public markets? How does private equity compare to public markets? Did it contribute to the meltdown? This easy-to-understand book will be of interest not only to entrepreneurs, investors and their advisors, but also to everyone concerned with the health of our financial system.

Merchants of Enterprise answers the questions:
  • Why is private equity gaining ground?
  • Is it a worthwhile investment choice?
  • Does it outperform public stocks?
  • What are the new rules of the game?
  • What are the risks and rewards?
  • Who are the suitable investors?
  • How does one gain entry into this market?
  • Does private equity have a future?
"The definitive Canadian resource on everything Private Equity did, does and will do. A must read before you invest dollar one in any private equity deal." – Kevin O'Leary, Chairman O'Leary Funds and TV Co-Host on CBC's Lang/O'Leary Exchange, Dragon's Den, and ABC's Shark Tank
"Miriam Varadi understands Private Equity in Canada and she has laid it out clearly and intelligently for everyone interested in this important part of our financial marketplace. If you are interested in Private Equity this is a 'must read'." – Gerald W. Schwartz, Chairman & CEO Onex Corporation
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