Private Equity and Venture Capital

Our Private Equity and Venture Capital team brings deep experience, knowledge and understanding of the Private Capital world.  We strive to understand our clients’ issues and objectives and we always assemble a team of the most appropriate specialists who are able to produce a bespoke and tailored solution for every investee company we work with.  With this approach, we can bring to bear our whole organisation’s expertise in the relevant industry sectors and functions for maximum benefit.

We have a wide range of complementary capabilities, both in the UK and internationally, that are very well suited to the needs of private equity and venture capital firms’ portfolio companies throughout the investment lifecycle, including:

  • deal sourcing intelligence
  • initial deal appraisal support
  • due diligence support
  • management assessment
  • independent referencing
  • interim management
  • top-level executive search
  • leadership development
  • board review
  • non-executive appointments
  • middle management recruitment
  • acquisition integration support
  • exit support

The common thread running through these services is to help you get the best management in place for a particular portfolio company at a particular time in its development and in the economic cycle. 

We work for a broad range of private equity and venture capital firms; ranging from early stage investors through mid-market buy-out funds, to the largest global private equity funds.  Whatever the size, we understand that a backable manager needs to be ready for the rigours of working for an active owner who will likely demand top line growth, cost control and tight cash management.  We appreciate that the limited partners who invest in PE and VC funds increasingly demand operational improvement, not only to make efficiencies and reduce costs but also to drive revenue growth.

Private equity firms expect us to track top talent for them and doing this properly requires considerable scale.  We have 900 employees and as the UK’s number one search firm (source: Executive Grapevine Annual Market Share Survey), we average over 10,000 conversations per week.  The knowledge we gain from these interactions is pooled in our proprietary candidate database.  Our team of 65 dedicated UK researchers use this database to help identify and screen candidates.  We leverage for your benefit the strong relationships we have with this huge network.

We understand that time pressure can often be very tight.  Equally, we understand that sometimes clients would like an exploratory discussion well ahead of a possible need.  Whatever, the circumstance, we understand the need to abide absolutely by your confidentiality requirements.

In conclusion, we are dynamically responsive and flexible, recognising that every firm has its own investment approach and every portfolio company its own story, which we need to listen to and understand before recommending a way forward.  We would welcome the opportunity to have an introductory meeting to see how we can help you consistently achieve great investment returns.


For all enquiries regarding the Private Equity and Venture Capital Practice, please contact:

Simon Havers


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Odgers Interim London office

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