Money Games: The Inside Story of How American Dealmakers Saved Korea's Most Iconic Bank

Money Games: The Inside Story of How American Dealmakers Saved Korea's Most Iconic Bank

By Weijian Shan

"To private equity investors, the making of a deal, no matter how big, complex or high profile, is only the beginning. The success or failure of the investment can only be ascertained when the investor fully exits. In between, teams of private equity professionals expend great amounts of energy and resources to create value with the acquired company, to transform it and to grow it.


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Book Information

Publisher: Wiley
Publish Date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 352
ISBN-13: 9781119736981
ISBN-10: 1119736986
Language: English

Full Description

Money Games is a riveting tale of one of the most successful buyout deals ever: the acquisition and turnaround of what used to be Korea's largest bank by the American firm Newbridge Capital.

Full of intrigue and suspense, this insider's account is told by the chief architect of the deal itself, the celebrated author and private equity investor Weijian Shan. With billions of dollars at stake, and the nation's economic future on the line, Newbridge Capital sought to become the first foreign firm in history to take control of one of Korea's most beloved financial institutions.

In a proud country still reeling from a humiliating International Monetary Fund bailout in the Asian Financial Crisis, Newbridge Capital had to muster every ounce of skill, determination, and patience to bring the deal to closing.

Shan takes readers inside the battle to win control of the bank--a delicate, often exasperating process that meant balancing the goals of Newbridge with those of the government, bank employees, and Korea's powerful industrial titans.

Finally, the author describes how Newbridge transformed and rebuilt the struggling bank into a shining example of modern banking--as well as a massively profitable investment. In the secret world of private equity, few buyouts have been written about with such clarity, detail, and insight--and none with such completeness, covering not only the dealmaking but also the transformation and eventual exit of the investment.

For anyone who has ever wondered how private equity investors strike bargains, turn around businesses, and create immense value--or anyone interested in a captivating story of high-stakes money-making--this book is a must-read.

About the Author

WEIJIAN SHAN is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of PAG, a leading private equity firm in Asia. Formerly, he was a partner at the private equity firm TPG and co-managing partner of TPG-Asia (formerly known as Newbridge Capital).

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