The New Face on Private Equity – Merchants of Enterprise


First posted on the CVCA blog on February 21, 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting Miriam Varadi, author of Merchants of Enterprise, in 2008 and had the pleasure of participating in her research on the Canadian Private Equity landscape. Since then, the book  has been doing extremely well, and continues to be the basis of on-going discussions on the subject across Canada and the USA.

Most recently, the Goldman Sachs/Facebook deal generated heated discussions and placed private equity front and center again. Miriam feels that this Facebook deal is a victory for private over publ

ic markets. Here is what she had to say in a recent BNN interview:

Merchants of Enterprise, Private Equity in Canada: The Color and Controversy is the first Canadian book to take you behind the scenes and expose the inner workings of our private equity industry. This book is all the more authoritative because she gained on-the-record access to many of the biggest dealmakers in the field.

The book’s goal is to demystify private equity by creating more public awareness, to educate and to inform. The lack of transparency in the past has lead to worrisome trends in regulation abroad. The aim here is to create openness in this area, which inspires dialogue and trust.

This easy to understand book will be of interest to professionals, entrepreneurs, investors and their advisors. Since the publication of the book, Ms. Varadi has acted as a spokesperson on private equity topics and given interviews on BNN and CBC. She also moderated a private equity panel discussion at Rotman’s Business School.

You can get a copy of Merchants of Enterprise at Chapters online.


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