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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; First Edition edition (March 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814406262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814406267
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"After reading Rickertsen's insider view on leveraged deals, no one in America will want to work for wages again." -- David Bonderman, leading global investor and founder of the Texas Pacific Group

"Likely toecome the essential manual for management buyouts." -- Dr. Terrance Lapier, Entrepreneurship Faculty, The Wharton School

"Rickertsen has written a must-read for every manager with the dream of buying and running his own company." -- Bill Marriott, Chairman, Marriott International, Inc.

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"""Rickertsen is one of America's most gifted buyout experts. Anyone interested in an inside look at the buyout world and the opportunities for managers in these deals will learn volumes from this book.""

--Jack Kemp, Empower America

""Only insiders know how this stuff works. Rickertsen is an insider. He brings the complexity of high finance to its knees and leaves it begging for mercy. He explains its inner workings so that even a journalist can understand them.""

--Michael Lewis, author of Liar's Poker and The New New Thing "


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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2003
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Rickertsen presents a comprehensive overview of a management buyout. Before you buy the book, you should know that he is talking about larger companies, and he is talking about fairly senior executives buying them. (One of his examples of a successful buyout manager is Roger Ballou who ran the travel part of American Express.)If you are looking for a company with $5 million in revenues, you may find valuable information here, but you will likely find other books, targeting a smaller company, more appropriate.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Trier on April 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Rickertsen presents a comprehensive overview of a management buyout. Before you buy the book, you should know that he is talking about larger companies, and he is talking about fairly senior executives buying them. (One of his examples of a successful buyout manager is Roger Ballou who ran the travel part of American Express.)If you are looking for a company with $5 million in revenues, you may find valuable information here, but you will likely find other books, targeting a smaller company, more appropriate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Vervlied on June 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A compilation of the process and risks of management buyouts, the ultimate means to truly test the skills of a businessperson: merger and acquisition skills, operational skills, marketing and sales skills, financial skills, and leadership skills are all put to test when you embark into the world of merchant banking.
Rick also demonstrates the risks of the MBO world, as well as the upside that makes the process so famous and widely practiced. Readers should listen to his advice on the negatives, and what can happen when things go dramatically wrong, either in the analysis or the operational steps of the process.
Rick has done a fabulous job of assembling many issues into a single tool, which I not only have read, but am giving as a gift to prospective clients. I could have used this several years and several hundred thousand dollars ago!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am currently an MBA student at Columbia Business School and I picked up this book while taking an M&A class. I found that Rick puts great color around the entire management buyout process, from start to finish. I think this book should be recommended b-school reading for private equity and M&A classes because it is easy to read yet provides a wealth of information not typically found in textbooks about the subtleties of M&A.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2001
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Rickertsen succinctly sums up everything you need to know about leading a buyout. This book gives you confidence and guidance - like a personal counselor. The stories are particularly interesting. The appendices are an added bonus and the book's web site offers additional resources to help you move forward with a management buyout.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By V. Frank Pottow on May 29, 2001
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Rick Rickertsen is an expert at leveraged buyouts. He is also an exceptioanlly nice guy. His rare combination of talent and achievement, combined with a graciousness and good nature have helped Rick build a network of contacts and relationships which are truly exceptional. This book reflects lessons learned not only from Rick's own considerable experience as an LBO sponsor, but also wisdom garnered from almost two decades of working with some of the greatest fiananciers and managers of our time. The style of the book reflect's Rick's personal style: straightforward, and easy to understand. One of Rick's unique gifts is his ability to make powerful financial concepts easy for the average reader to grasp. Another distinguishing feature of the book is the repeated use of real life examples. One could write volumes trying to describe a financial theory, or just convey it quickly with a powerful example. Of course, this is not just a "how to" guide, it is also a compelling series of stories with real life charachters, who are brought to life by Rick's captivating writing. Get this book. It reads like Barbarians at The Gate or Liars Poker- i.e. it is impossible to put down. It also gives a great overview, with sample forms included, of how, when, and why to do an LBO.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
BUYOUT will become the 'bible' of buyouts for managers and investment bankers/advisors. One of the first good books on buyouts. The book covers all aspects of the buyout considerations/process/tactics/contracts etc, is an easy read, but above all the joy of which it is clearly written with(and the convincing arguments) must inspire managers to pursue a buyout. I think no manager will be imune to this great book. BUYOUT is a guide, a motivator, a sales pitch and fun book to read at the same time. Also a recommended read to sellers of businesses to show that a buyout is nothing to be scared of. A must read for everyone unknown and known with the buyout business. Just read the book and find out why I am so enthusiastic about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Snoek on March 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Provides an interesting view of the MBO industry, but is less useful for those with a solid business / finance background. Overall, very useful if you're thinking of buying a company.
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