Law firm gunnercooke has announced the launch of Operating Partners, a team of business leaders who will work with private equity firms and their portfolio companies as well as ambitious small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve their performance, increase their value and help them scale.
Operating Partners will work alongside both gunnercookeConsulting and the private equity practice in the law firm. The experienced team of over 25 former CEOs and business leaders will work alongside private equity investors and their portfolio companies to support across all stages of the investment cycle.
The team represents a depth of experience and knowledge within the private equity sector and includes Tom Knight, former CEO of JJB Sports; Chris Dee, former CEO of supermarket chain Booths, and Cy Green, chairman & co-founder of strategic advisory firm Stanford Maritime
Co-founder of gunnercooke, Darryl Cooke commented: “Since its inception, gunnercooke has sought to modernise the law industry to keep up with the rapidly changing business environment around us. Through Operating Partners, we are striving to deliver the same advances within private equity that we have achieved across the other sectors in which we specialise.
“Experience is the teacher of all things, and for this reason we have gathered a group of partners with such a depth of knowledge and understanding to create Operating Partners. These partners will successfully work with their clients to improve performance, increase momentum, increase value and ensure success.”
The role of the operating partner in a large business can span the full investment cycle, from due diligence to post transaction integration through to a liquidity event or full exit event.
Operating Partner Tom Knight commented: “I am delighted to be one of the founding members of gunnercooke’s Operating Partners. Having been chief executive within some of Britain’s largest listed companies, I’ve learnt invaluable strategic lessons that are of huge benefit to growing businesses. I look forward to partnering with our clients and supporting them to make tough decisions and pragmatic choices about what’s best for their businesses. They can count on a supportive partner who has been there, and understands the stakes of these decisions.”
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