Podcasts are unique and powerful ways to learn new topics, become exposed to new ideas, and stay informed about the happenings in a particular industry. They adapt to your lifestyle and are a convenient on-the-go option, perfect for the busy schedules of private equity professionals.
This article offers our list of the best private equity podcasts that our team listens to regularly. Whether you are an investor or work with PE firms, these shows will keep you abreast of industry developments and glimpse the top movers and shakers in the private equity world.
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Most of these podcasts can be found on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform.
1. M&A Science
The M&A Science podcast explores the intricate world of M&A. The show’s host, Kison Patel, is a former M&A buy-side advisor. He’s also the CEO and Co-Founder of DealRoom- an M&A software company.
In this podcast, Patel interviews experts from advisory banks, management teams, corporate development teams, private equity firms, and more, including guests from Paynet, Cisco, and Google. The show focuses on the changing world of mergers and acquisitions and how you, as an investor, can be unique.
Voices of Private Equity is a podcast series that features influential individuals from across the private equity industry. Guests include Managing Directors at top funds and famous private equity investors who tackle topics including deal origination, value creation, and ESG, among others.
Guests tell honest, candid, and often quite personal stories of their experiences in the industry. Voices of Private Equity is a great show to listen to if you want to learn how people at the top of their game make decisions, weigh risks and rewards, navigate market dynamics, and overcome challenges.
Alex Rawlings hosts the Private Equity Podcast, where he interviews private equity experts to learn how they got into the industry, the mistakes they made along the way, and their secrets to success.
With the help of his executive search firm (Raw Selection, which specializes in PE firms and their portfolio companies), Rawlings has unique access to the PE industry, so his guests are top-tier. Some recent topics discussed have included”: Driving the Pipeline of Proprietary Deal Flow, How PE Firms Can Avoid Bidding Wars and Building Better Relationships with portfolio companies and LPs.
Private Equity Fast Pitch is a podcast by Northstar, a company that organizes events for private equity professionals. The host is Jeff Henningsen, president, and partner at Lockton, the world’s largest independent insurance brokerage.
In this podcast, he interviews experts from the private equity and investment banking industries, including managing partners and other industry professionals, discussing their firms, recent deals, acquisition profiles, and more.
Private Equity FunCast is hosted by Devin Mathews and Jim Milbery of private equity firm ParkerGale Capital. This show dives deep into the weeds of PE firms, especially those that focus on middle-market tech companies. The hosts do an excellent job of getting perspectives from people on different sides of the deal, from employees of PE-backed firms to GPs at mid-market firms.
Notable episodes have included private equity investing in technology, the private equity industry in a post-pandemic world, etc.
Deal of the Week is a podcast hosted by Bloomberg Markets. It covers the gamut of M&A deals and issues. Bloomberg reporters and outside experts explore and explain the biggest deals as they happen, making this a unique show that pairs news reporting with commentary and thought leadership. By listening to this podcast, you can learn a lot based on what’s happening in the market.
This podcast is unique because it’s not designed for private equity professionals. Instead, it’s produced for entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses by accessing private equity capital. PE is one of the largest sources of capital for growing businesses, but the industry is hardly transparent. Host Kevin Fechtmeyer (who’s been in the industry for 27 years) helps young companies decide when they’re ready for a deal and how to go about it. These episodes are brutally honest and often funny.
The Private Equity Perspectives podcast is where dealmakers discuss the ever-changing investment environment. Industry leaders discuss new opportunities, challenges, fund strategies, and portfolio company optimization. Some topics discussed have included ESG, relationship building, the rise of fintech, etc. Episodes are short, usually just 20 or 30 minutes, so they’re perfect for enjoying during your commute.
The Tech M&A Podcast repurposes content from the best of the Tech M&A Monthly webcast hosted by Corum Group, a leader in global mergers and acquisitions. The podcast features special reports on trends, deals, sectors, and the M&A process. They also host interviews and panel discussions with big players in the tech industry from Google, Salesforce, and Microsoft.
In one episode, PE titans Rene Yang Stewart from Vista Equity, Jeremy Holland from Riverside Company, and Matthew Picciano from Alpine Investors conducted a roundtable discussion on the future of the PE market.
As the name implies, Private Equity 360 gives listeners a comprehensive view of everything related to private equity. This is a relatively new show, and it doesn’t publish very often, so there are only a handful of episodes, but each one dives deep into a PE topic. For instance, one episode walks you through the evolving trends in due diligence requirements of PE firms.
Other episodes include PE valuation, industry trends, and M&A industry case studies. This podcast is hosted and produced by Frazier and Deeter, a U.S. accounting and advisory firm.
The Privcap Private Equity & Real Estate Podcast features in-depth conversations with professionals and experts in PE and institutional real estate. It covers topics ranging from investor relations, and general partnership management, to regulations, sector-specific strategies, fundraising, performance, and portfolio operations. For example, one episode brings three experts to discuss private equity in healthcare as the industry moves from a volume-based to a value-based system.
Capital Allocators Podcast is hosted by Ted Seides, the founder of Capital Allocators, LLC, a platform and educational forum that explores best practices in the asset management industry. Seides also serves as an advisor and consultant to allocators and asset managers, so he’s still in the game. His podcast allows you to meet the people who allocate vast pools of capital and the processes they employ. Brunswick Group named it the top institutional investing podcast.
On Dry Powder, Hugh MacArthur, head of Bain & Company’s Global Private Equity practice, interviews leading experts on private equity trends and opportunities that define – and will redefine – the industry. For instance, in one episode, MacArthur muses how super granular data will change the way investors perform diligence and make investing decisions. These are short episodes, usually 20 minutes or less, making them perfect for commuting or performing daily chores.
The Unquote Private Equity Podcast is hosted by Unquote, a well-known and popular news source for the private equity markets in Europe. In their twice-monthly episodes, the Unquote team discusses trending topics in the European investing, private equity, and venture capital space.
Winna Brown is EY America’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services Private Equity Leader and Host of the NextWave Private Equity podcast. In this show, she explores the emergence of new trends in private equity and their impact on the economy and society.
She believes the future of private equity is inspired by purpose, transparency, digital transformations, diverse workforces, and the focus on value. Topics explored have included: How PE firms can win tech deals, why family offices are investing in PE and why PE must aspire to long-term value.
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If there are any PE podcasts that we did not include on this list, please let us know. We are always looking to grow our knowledge by reading more books and listening to more content.