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7 years experience | Manager | Barcelona, Spain
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8 years experience | Manager | London
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9 years experience | Manager | Vienna, Austria
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4 years experience | Associate | Cyprus
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Former Head of Investment Management and M&A (Magyar Telekom Plc.)
21 years experience | Senior | Budapest, Hungary

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Guide to hiring the right Private Equity consultant

What does a Private Equity consultant do? And how can you find the right one? Learn more in our hiring guide for Private Equity consultants.

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Our Private Equity consultants work with clients in 40+ countries. Our clients are Corporate Development divisions, Private Equity backed companies, and fast-growing ventures.
Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Private Equity professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Private Equity talent and are able to provide clients with Private Equity professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.
Our Private Equity consultants have extensive experience in Private Equity. Most of them have buy-side, sell-side M&A, or Private Equity experience.
Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call. Our Private Equity consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Private Equity talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

We operate world-wide and have clients in North America, Europe, APAC, and MENA.

Pricing depends on seniority, location, and project duration. For our pricing structure, please refer to our Pricing page.

Hiring guide to find the perfect Private Equity consultant

What is a Private Equity Consultant?

A Private Equity Consultant is a professional who advises and supports private equity firms or investors in various aspects of their investment process, such as deal sourcing, valuation, due diligence, and portfolio management.

What does a Private Equity Consultant do?

A Private Equity Consultant's primary responsibilities include identifying potential investment opportunities, conducting thorough analysis and valuation of target companies, assisting with deal structuring and negotiations, and providing ongoing support to portfolio companies to enhance their performance and achieve growth objectives.

Their main responsibilities include:

1.1. Deal Sourcing and Screening

Private equity consultants help identify potential investment opportunities by researching and evaluating target companies based on a firm’s investment criteria and strategy.

1.2. Due Diligence and Valuation

They perform detailed financial analysis and valuation of potential investments, considering factors such as discounted cash flows, comparable company analysis, and precedent transactions. They also conduct thorough due diligence to uncover potential risks and value-creating opportunities.

1.3. Deal Execution

Private equity consultants assist in structuring and negotiating transactions, ensuring that deals are executed smoothly and on favorable terms.

1.4. Portfolio Company Support

After an investment is made, private equity consultants may provide ongoing support to the portfolio company, including operational improvements, financial management, and strategic guidance.

1.5. Exit Planning and Execution

When it’s time to exit an investment, private equity consultants help evaluate exit options, such as trade sales, IPOs, or secondary buyouts, and support the execution of the chosen exit strategy.

2. Backgrounds of Private Equity Consultants

Private equity consultants typically come from diverse backgrounds, including:

  • Investment banking
  • Private equity or venture capital
  • Management consulting
  • Corporate finance or strategy roles

Many private equity consultants hold advanced degrees in business or finance, such as an MBA or CFA designation.

3. Key Skills to Look For

When hiring a private equity consultant, consider the following key skills:

  • Strong financial analysis and valuation capabilities
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills
  • Industry expertise and knowledge of relevant markets
  • Ability to manage complex projects and teams
  • Experience in executing private equity transactions

4. How to Choose the Right Private Equity Consultant for Your Needs

To choose the right private equity consultant, take the following factors into account:

4.1. Relevant Experience

Look for private equity consultants with a proven track record in executing transactions within your industry or sector. This ensures that they have the necessary knowledge and expertise to navigate the specific challenges and opportunities unique to your industry.

It's vital for a Private Equity consultant to understand the intricacies of their craft
It’s vital for Private Equity consultants to understand the intricacies of their craft

4.2. Cultural Fit

Ensure that the private equity consultant is a good cultural fit with your organization. This is crucial for effective communication and collaboration throughout the investment process.

4.3. Fee Structure

Consider the consultant’s fee structure and ensure it aligns with your budget and expectations. Private equity consultants may charge hourly rates, fixed fees, or success-based fees, depending on the scope and complexity of the engagement.

4.4. References and Testimonials

Ask for references and testimonials from previous clients to validate the consultant’s track record and gauge their ability to deliver results.

5. Why hire a freelancer for private equity consulting?

There are several advantages to hiring a freelance private equity consultant, including:

  1. Cost-effectiveness: Freelance consultants often charge lower fees compared to larger consulting firms, offering cost savings for clients with limited budgets.
  2. Flexibility: Freelancers can adapt to diverse schedules and workloads, making them ideal for short-term projects or when time-sensitive advice is needed.
  3. Expertise: Freelance consultants often possess specialized industry knowledge and experience, enabling them to provide tailored insights and guidance.
  4. Customization: Freelancers can offer a personalized approach, adapting their methods and deliverables to meet your organization’s unique requirements.


6. Which organizations can benefit from a freelance private equity consultant?

A wide range of organizations can benefit from the expertise of a freelance private equity consultant, including:

  1. Private equity firms: These firms often require consulting services to identify and evaluate potential investments, manage their portfolio, and create value for their portfolio companies.
  2. Portfolio companies: Companies owned by private equity firms can benefit from the expertise of a consultant to help them improve operations, implement growth strategies, and prepare for exits.
  3. Family offices: Wealth management firms that oversee investments for high-net-worth families may require the services of a private equity consultant to identify and evaluate potential investment opportunities.
  4. Institutional investors: Pension funds, endowments, and other institutional investors may seek the advice of a private equity consultant to optimize their private equity allocations and investment strategies.
  5. Banks and financial institutions: Institutions involved in financing or advising on private equity transactions can benefit from the insights and expertise of a freelance private equity consultant.

Additional questions to ask

In addition to these qualifications, consider the following questions when hiring a freelance private equity consultant:

How does the consultant approach deal sourcing and investment evaluation?

Understanding the consultant’s approach to identifying potential investment opportunities and evaluating their suitability for your private equity firm is crucial. This can help you assess whether their methodology aligns with your investment criteria and overall strategy.

What is the consultant’s experience in value-creation initiatives?

Evaluating the consultant’s experience and track record in implementing value-creation initiatives for portfolio companies can provide valuable insights into their capabilities and success rate. Ask for case studies or references to assess their expertise in driving operational improvements, revenue growth, and cost reduction.

How does the consultant support exit planning and execution?

Exit planning and execution are critical aspects of the private equity investment lifecycle, as they directly impact the realization of investment returns. It is essential to understand how the consultant will assist your organization in preparing for and executing exits, such as IPOs, trade sales, or secondary buyouts.

What is the consultant’s track record in private equity transactions?

Evaluating the consultant’s past performance and experience in private equity transactions can provide valuable insights into their capabilities and success rate. Assess their history of successful deals and value creation in your industry or sector to ensure they have the expertise needed to support your organization’s private equity objectives.

By considering these additional questions, you can gain a better understanding of the freelance private equity consultant’s capabilities and expertise, helping you make an informed decision when selecting the right professional to support your organization’s private equity objectives.


Hiring a private equity consultant can be a valuable addition to your team, providing specialized expertise and support throughout the entire investment cycle. By considering their relevant experience, key skills, cultural fit, fee structure, and references, you can make an informed decision to ensure you choose the right private equity consultant for your specific needs. This will ultimately contribute to the successful execution of your investments and the long-term value creation for your private equity firm and its portfolio companies.

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