Many business owners think of only two options as it relates to their involvement with their company and exit planning: they can run it or they can sell it. In reality, there is a middle ground…and then some – an option that allows them to retain significant ownership in their business (majority OR minority ownership), continue setting its direction, cutting their key managers into ownership positions, all while diversifying their assets to provide greater financial security for their family. It is called a recapitalization transaction and, once educated on its benefits, many owners see it as a pathway for growing their business, preparing for their or their partners’ retirement, gifting ownership to key managers or other family members, and reducing their risk along the way. In this conversation, you’ll learn how private equity firms partner with owners to achieve their ultimate exit strategy through a recapitalization transaction. The two words “private equity” have mixed reviews in the eyes of many business owners. We’ll discuss some “war stories” and success stories to give an overview of why certain outcomes can occur in private equity and how you can be best equipped to engage in a fruitful partnership with a private equity firm. We’ll use a case study to identify the types of situations where a recapitalization would be applicable and the benefits of this exit strategy.  

  • Case Study Video: Federal Resources
  • Case Study Video: ElectriCom
  • Case Study Video: D&H United

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of private equity and how private equity groups work with companies
  • Learn the mechanics of a recapitalization transaction, its benefits, and the various ways a company can be recapitalized by a private equity firm
  • Identify when an owner / company is a candidate for a recapitalization
  • Understand when and how to introduce the concept to an owner / company management

Event Location

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2024
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm Mountain Time
Where: Venue 8600 | 8600 E. Anderson Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Cost: $125
EPI Hours: 2
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Who Should Attend?

  • Attorneys

    You have close relationships with clients, and can benefit from being the first advisor to introduce the idea of exit planning.

  • CPAs/Accountants

    Owners participating in the State of Owner Readiness research continue to indicate that you are the No. 1 "Most Trusted Advisor." You are a natural fit to lead the exit planning team and deepen your relationship (and retention) of next generation owners.

  • Wealth Managers

    You’re a skilled relationship person. Being entangled into your clients’ professional lives matters as you build a strategy to manage their wealth upon them harvesting it from their business. Exit planning allows you to build a deeper relationship with your client, expands your COI network, while giving you an early seat at table well before the liquidity event.

  • Financial Advisors

    One of the critical ‘legs of the stool’ is personal financing planning. An owner must have a strong financial plan & contingency plan post-transition to enable them to thrive in the next act of the lives personally and financially. Exit planning brings this future mindset into the present. Exit is now.

  • Valuation Analysts

    Valuation is both a billable engagement AND an opportunity to provide owners some perspective on how to accelerate value drivers (and deal with value killers). Use exit planning to make that valuation into a longer term value acceleration engagement.

  • Investment Bankers

    Only 2 of every 10 businesses that come to market actually sell. Learn how exit planning can bring attractive AND ready business to your purview.

  • Estate Planners

    Exit planning is a natural fit for estate planners who want to operate more holistically with their owner clients.

  • Strategic Consultants

    One of the most critical roles in exit planning is building transferable value. Strategic consultants have the ability to expand options and drive rapid business value that affect performance today.

  • Mergers & Acquisition Advisors

    Proper exit planning causes less deals to fall through at the last minute. Connect with CEPAs to build your healthy deal flow network.

  • Insurance Professionals

    Exit planning addresses the 5 D's. So do you. Approach the risk conversation differently with exit planning.

  • Family Business Advisors

    More than 50% of lower middle market business owners would prefer to transition to the next generation. Help them succeed with exit planning strategies.

  • Commercial Lenders

    One of the best relationships a business owner makes is with their banker. How can you help your corporate clients think about the future and ensure financial continuity? Answer: exit planning.

  • Other Professional Advisors

    Regardless of your unique specialty, there is seat at the exit planning table for you. Learn more at www.EarnCEPA.com.

  • Private Business Owners

  • Members of Family Business Boards

  • Professional Advisors

  • Business Consultants

  • Other Business Professionals

  • Business Owners

  • Business Owners & Their Trusted Advisors


The Exit Planning Institute, provides Financial Advisors, Accountants, Consultants, and other advisors of business owners with the critical education to differentiate themselves and add value to their existing client relationships through a credential, conference, courses, and content. Download the CEPA brochure for more information.