Summary of Private-Equity Minority Investments

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Taking a minority shareholding is becoming more common for large private equity (PE) funds, according to Boston Consulting Group professionals Antoon Schneider and Cristina Henrik. As PE firms seek to deploy roughly $1.2 trillion of uninvested capital, they’re more open to atypical deals, while sellers like the control they retain and the know-how they gain from minority investors. However, PE funds need to do their homework to ensure the success of their minority stakes. getAbstract recommends this study’s insights on this little-reported phenomenon to private equity investors as well as to companies considering working with them.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why minority investments are growing as a proportion of private equity deals,
  • Why buyers and sellers might prefer minority stakes, and
  • What approaches private equity firms can take to help ensure success in minority shareholdings.

About the Authors

Antoon Schneider is a managing director at the Boston Consulting Group, where Cristina Henrik is a principal.



Large private equity (PE) funds are increasingly taking minority stakes in target companies. Since 2008, the proportion of deals involving minority investments has averaged 27%, compared to 13% between 2004 and 2007. In Asia and Europe, minority ownership appeals to the large number of family-owned ...

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