Private Equity

At RefineValue, we believe that selecting the right leaders and top performers is a critical factor for value creation. With our extensive industry knowledge, our consultants support private equity firms, venture capital firms, and family offices in attracting leaders for their own investment teams and throughout the deal lifecycle of their portfolio companies.

Private Equity in Times of Turmoil

The private equity sector has matured considerably in recent years and now enjoys a high level of acceptance. Private equity investors have taken their content and leadership to a new level and have become firmly established. However, the current turbulence in the markets has affected the industry and is raising fundamental problems, some of which are more profound. Depreciations on portfolio companies, low levels of new investment and difficult exit routes characterize the current business. Many PE companies are therefore increasingly focusing on the management of portfolio companies and are forced to make financial, operational, and personnel changes quickly and at short notice to maintain value. However, the long-term outlook remains intact and the lower price level for new investments could be an excellent opportunity for a new decade of successful investments.

We have focused primarily on recruiting senior level positions (managing director and director). We believe that successful hiring starts with the approach, so we know who to approach and in what manner. We have the critical ability to meet executives on an equal footing and make the difference between success and failure to the highest degree. Our team consists of experienced consultants who are familiar with the specific requirements of the industry, have gained relevant experience themselves, and built up an excellent network over the past few years. In addition, we have been able to make a name for ourselves in staffing with female candidates at the levels of managing director and director.

PE/VC Firms

Our Expertise for Private equity firms


  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
  • Family Offices
  • Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Special Situations
  • Placement and fundraising advisory


  • Partner / Managing Director
  • (Senior-) Director
  • Senior Advisor / External Advisor

Focus topics

  • hiring top female leaders
  • Designing leadership programs and creating succession plans to retain and develop female talents
  • hiring top digital leaders

Private equity companies expect ambitious value creation from their portfolio companies. To achieve this, they need outstanding leaders, ambitious global teams, because best performance can only be achieved through human competencies. For our clients, we maintain a network of experienced experts and work across Europe in all major industries. With our expertise, we cover a wide variety of industries and sectors and bring our many years of experience across all industries to the projects, thus achieving the best possible results. We have developed a range of services specifically tailored to the requirements of private equity companies, venture capital firms and family offices across the entire deal lifecycle—from deal origination advisory and industry mapping to external referencing and the recruitment of future-ready board leaders as well as the search for senior executives and CEO successions for portfolio companies. This way, our team has been able to create added value in many transactions in recent years by identifying suitable leaders and top performers. In addition, we have been able to support several portfolio companies in recent years that are technology leaders in Fintech, Mobility, Cloud/SaaS, Clean Tech, Green Tech, Bio Tech, and Big Data and Analytics in attracting leaders from best-in-class companies. Our network spans across Europe and includes leaders in every market segment.

PE/VC Portfolio Companies

Our Expertise for Private equity portfolio companies


  • Consumer
  • Financial Services
  • Industrial
  • Mobility
  • Professional Services
  • Software & Tech
  • Start-ups & Scale-ups
  • Telecommunication


  • Board Director & Chair Search
  • CEO
  • C-Level (CFO, COO, CTO, CIO, CHRO, CMO, CSO)


  • FinTech
  • Mobility
  • Cloud & SaaS
  • Biotechnology
  • Clean Tech & Green Tech
  • Analytics & Big Data

Pre Deal

  • Identification of industry experts in the market screening phase
  • Engagement of senior advisor teams/operating partners/active chairmen to verify business hypotheses
  • Selection and recruitment of future management prior to deal signing
  • Phasing in of the management team as part of the management participation program structures between signing and closing

Post Deal

  • Board of Directors & Chair search
  • Board development
  • CEO Search & Succession
  • Executive Search (C-Level & divisional board members)


Contact our Private Equity Consultants

Our Private Equity Consultants identifies leaders who can deliver transformative leadership, drive financial performance, create sustainable value, and take businesses into the future. We are looking forward to your challenge.