In an interview with Insights Success, the CEO & Managing Director, of Quadra Global Capital Corp., Perry M. Anderson, sheds light on his company’s strategies which makes control and non-control investments across a broad range of asset classes including real estate, manufacturing, technology, media, restaurant/retail, construction, security, cyber-security, energy and mining. Here he also shares the company’s core competencies and his overall journey as an influential leader in business. Beyond Quadra, Perry believes that we are living in the most opportunistic time in history to be acquiring a business and that business acquisition is the fastest trajectory out of poverty and towards wealth creation. Considering these influential and inspirational aspects, Insights Success recognizes Perry M. Anderson as one of the most influential business leaders in 2019.
Below are highlights from the interview conducted between Perry and Insights Success:
Give a brief overview of your background as an influential leader.
My background is in Private Equity (MBA from Oxford), but I view myself more as an entrepreneur and creative problem solver. I founded a Private Equity firm called Quadra Global Capital Corp in 2002 and since then we have gone on to make over 30 investments across a broad range of sectors. I have completed numerous deals/acquisitions, had multiple exits, helped to take 3 companies public and raised millions of dollars/pounds in the process. Aside from doing deals, I also run an experiential M&A training workshop that teaches people how to acquire companies for themselves – typically without using any of their own capital.
How do you diversify your organization’s offerings to appeal to the target audience?
With regards to my M&A training workshop, rather than focusing on theory and academia, I prefer to provide practical and ‘real world’ tactics that people – regardless if you are a seasoned finance pro or a complete beginner – can immediately action and implement. None of this is being taught in business schools – which can appeal to a wide audience in countries across the globe. At its core, the workshop is designed to teach people – with perhaps limited means – how to merge and acquire companies. One transaction can have a profound impact on one’s life: personally, professionally and financially.
Describe some of the vital attributes that every leader should possess.
Business is much more weighted towards human psychology than it is to economics. A strong leader needs to quickly and accurately ascertain the ‘WHY?’ and what is motivating the person on the other side of the table. You need to understand the other person’s objectives and get to a Win -Win as quickly as possible.
What were the past experiences, achievements or lessons that have shaped your journey?
The wins in business are certainly fun, however the real lessons in life are really taught through failing – and you typically have to reach into your pocket to cover these as there is a hard cost to learning these lessons.
How do you strategize your game plans to tackle competition in the market?
There are record levels of businesses currently for sale in the market and with the baby-boomer segment bringing more businesses to market every day. We are providing a tangible roadmap and methodology for people to be able to go out and actually acquire them. Our differentiator is that we are not simply providing theory or giving people books to read, but rather locking arms with aspiring business owners and actually assisting them throughout the entire deal process until they close a deal. People also get access to my team of M&A professionals who have worked for the likes of Goldman Sachs, Rothschild, RBC, PWC, KPMG, etc in assisting them in all facets of a transaction – both pre and post close. We help them analyze a deal, structure an offer, raise all the capital required and get the deal over the line. I feel this was the missing link in the current marketplace – people understand the general concepts, but are really wanting help with the implementation. That is where we shine!
What were the primal challenges and roadblocks you faced during the initial phase of your career as a leader?
Like most entrepreneurs, a lack of resources when starting out is always a challenge to navigate. However, as my career and experience has evolved, it has made me take a view that we are truly living in interesting times. Never before that there be more access to both opportunity as well as to capital. With record levels of corporate capital sitting in treasury and seeking a home, this presents a massive opportunity to execute one’s goals.
Where do you see yourself in the near future and what are your future goals?
I continue to be very passionate about deal making. The next iteration of my journey is to be to be able to show others how to go out and acquire a business of their own – again, typically without using any of their own capital! My personal goal is to help to democratize wealth and let individuals, who yesterday were employees are today becoming shareholders.
About the Leader
Perry M. Anderson is a global investor who encourages market access and the advancement of human progress through capital injection and investments in a diverse range of projects. He has led and invested in a number of acquisitions, capital raising mandates, financings and re-structurings, startups, leverage buyouts, cross-border transactions and other investment projects of various size and complexity. Perry was an early stage investor in Avigilon, a Canadian based security surveillance firm that was acquired by Motorola in 2018 for $1.2B. He is also a published author and wrote the book ‘Red To Black: The Art Of Corporate Turnaround.’
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