Glossary of Search Fund Terms: How to speak the language of Entrepreneurship through Acquisition
The reason why many people feel frustrated or even afraid of the Search Fund industry is because they cannot comfortably follow a conversation about it, especially with investors. Plus, the jargon which is linked to all the necessary steps of the Search Fund model are plenty.
But there is nothing inherently complicated in Search Funds, after all, it is “only” about acquiring and selling stocks of non-publicly traded companies. The endless jargon, however, is a stunning and defining feature, and it matters. Anyone can perceive if you are more or less prepared to undergo the challenge by the way you use the industry vocabulary with fluency.
The Glossary of Search Fund Terms Funds holds the key to develop or review the vocabulary and terms used in Entrepreneurship through Acquisition. This short up-to-date reference guide includes formal and informal expressions that are commonly used by professionals with large experience in the Search Fund industry.
NEWTON M. CAMPOS
Newton’s life is driven by updating Capitalism through entrepreneurship, education and technology, preparing potential global leaders to thrive relentlessly in their quest to solve local and global business, environmental and social challenges.
He holds a PhD in Business Administration from FGV EAESP (2010), an MBA from IE Business School and IIM Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (2002), a Bachelor in Accounting from PUC São Paulo (1999) and a Technician degree in Information Technology from ORT (1994).
Additionally, he is professor of Entrepreneurship and Risk Capital at FGV EAESP, visiting professor at IE Business School and ITA Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (Brazil) and founder and managing partner of Newton Equity Partners Ltd, a company that supports the adoption of ESG and Digital Transformation policies by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) via Search Fund investments worldwide.
Carlos Gila is an Adjunct Professor of Management at Columbia Business School in the USA and at IE University.
Carlos began his professional career as a credit risk analyst and moved to become a strategic management consultant at Andersen Consulting. After he went to found and lead Gila&Co. to become the groundbreaking Turnaround Firm in Spain for more than a decade. From 2010 to 2022 Carlos was Senior Advisor for Oaktree Capital Management and now serves as an Advisor or non-executive Board Director in various companies, chairing audit and governance committees.
Moreover, he is widely recognized as one of the Spanish leading financial and operational crisis management professionals. He is also a hand-on expert in turnarounds and workouts, with extensive experience in acquisitions and divestures, bankruptcy reorganizations, and the restructuring of troubled businesses. He has been highlighted on National media as an authority on restructuring, and has been the recipient of the Turnaround Management Association´s “International Turnaround of the Year” Award in 2011.