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December 17, 2007


Former Bain Exec Forms Private Equity Firm

A veteran from Bain & Co. has launched his own private equity firm, targeting companies with revenues under $500 million. Southlake, Texas-based Prophet Equity, founded by Ross Gatlin, makes control investments in special situations, turnarounds, acquisitions, bankruptcies and reorganization. The firm opened its doors this month.

Gatlin and his team will focus their attention on underserved smaller and mid-sized businesses. Post-Bain, Gatlin was first a founding principal at The Carlyle Management Group, and then a founding partner at Insight Equity.

“Given the credit crunch and the demands placed on small and mid sized business, being a passive financial or strategic buyer with deep pockets is no longer good enough,” said Gatlin. “You have to partner with management and bring tools to the table which are powerful and proven for turbo-charging growth and delivering tangible value at strategically viable companies."

Gatlin plans to begin raising Prophet's debut p.e. fund early next year.

Featured in FINAlternatives.com December 17, 2007.

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