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How do you reward management in private equity companies?

Remuneration in Private Equity portfolio companies

KPMG has surveyed over 70 investors and management teams to find answers.


Partner – People Services, Reward

KPMG in the UK


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The private equity ('PE') landscape is of significant importance to the UK economy but unlike listed companies, little is known about executive pay and what really motivates management teams. 

We asked both investors and management in PE-backed businesses a series of questions, including: 

  • what motivates them;
  • what drives growth; 
  • what really matters to both sides; and
  • even more interestingly, is this the same?

Our report 'Remuneration in Private Equity portfolio companies' outlines our findings on remuneration of management teams, including the vital role played by equity. And the results are interesting – did you know that two thirds of management would negotiate a different package if the deal was done today? This 'buyer’s remorse' is more common in primary deals, perhaps where management teams are less experienced and receive less advice at the time of the transaction. We think this really shows the benefit of engaging professional advisors at the right time. 

We hope that you find our survey on 'Remuneration in Private Equity portfolio companies' interesting and of value. If you would like to discuss any of the findings or if you would be interested in speaking to a member of our Reward team to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact us

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