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Private Equity

The Barton Partnership has had considerable success supporting clients in the Private Equit community, hiring current and ex-strategy consultants and M&A advisors into a variety of different roles. We have worked with over 40 funds in the UK and Europe, ranging across the spectrum from larger buy-out funds, through to the mid-market and VC and venture funds.

Permanent hires are typically across the following areas:

• Value Creation / Portfolio Management teams
• Management teams of portfolio companies
• Investment teams
• Origination functions

On the Independent Consulting side we typically work on projects across:

• Strategy – 3/5 year plans, organisation, diagnostics, Board advisory, exec assistant to C-Suite
• Transformation – Programme management office, transformation, pricing optimisation, sales and marketing transformation, digital
• M&A – Pre-due-diligence, due-diligence support, commercial due-diligence, transaction support, post-merger integration

We track individual’s careers from when they start in consulting and as they move out into industry, ensuring we are well placed to deliver on searches where the nature of the requirement is often for candidates to have ‘real world’ experience in addition to their consulting backgrounds.

We execute on searches across all levels from Analyst to Partner. The key to our success in Private Equity has been the trust we have built up with clients over several years of successfully delivering results. We understand and appreciate the Private Equity mindset and approach is different to other sectors we work with. Trust, track record, integrity and being able to deliver on what you say you will are key. We instil this approach to the diligence we undertake on the candidates we present to our PE clients where we will have through our discrete channels, understood far beyond the CV and competency based assessment we undertake, what really drives the individual and what they are truly capable of doing.


Case Studies


Leading European Mid Market fund, Poland

Conducted a search for the investment team of this leading fund. Assisting them with hiring an ex McKinsey Engagement Manager who
had spent two years in the investment team of another European fund.


US Private Equity fund, London

Retained to conduct a search to hire an experienced individual to focus on driving value creation across the fund’s Europe-based assets.
Search concluded with the successful appointment of an ex-LEK Consultant who had spent time in Industry and two years in a Value Creation focused role with another leading fund.


Portfolio Company of leading PE fund, London

Retained search to assist the portfolio company identify and secure an M&A Director. This was a key hire for the business as the investment thesis centred around a buy and build strategy. The successful individual began their career in accounting before transitioning
into strategy consulting with BCG. They also spent two years in the internal M&A function of a portfolio company.


European Buy-Out fund, London

We were asked to source a senior digital expert to look at this fund’s portfolio businesses and provide a diagnostic on their digital ‘health’, based on recommendations from this diagnostic a series of projects were derived that this person went on to drive.


Mid-Market Fund, London

For this fund we have been engaged on several Commercial due diligence projects to produce reports such as market and competitor reports and customer journey and survey analysis reports to feed into the investment decision making process.


European Mid-Market Fund,London

This fund were looking for a Programme Management Office lead to act as the #2 to the CEO of one of their portfolio businesses in the Industrials sector, to drive a big transformation programme over 9 months.


Client Testimonials


“We are long term users of The Barton Partnership and they have found us a number of highly talented strategy consultants over the past 7 years. They are enthusiastic and work hard and have been key to the recruitment of a critical part of our team.”

Partner, Phoenix equity partners