Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2008 (Revised June 2009)

Actis: January 2008

by Felda Hardymon, Josh Lerner and Ann Leamon


Paul Feltcher, the CEO of Actis, a leading private equity investor in emerging markets, is preparing for an executive retreat at which the management team will consider how best to position the firm for the future. Actis could move in a number of different directions by expanding into new geographies, asset classes, or deal sizes. Choices made along these dimensions all have different implications for the degree of cohesion between the regions and the headquarters in London, the types of funds the firm will raise, and the skills required of employees. One of the final challenges is whether Actis, which has produced a very good track record, even needs to change its business model at this point.

Keywords: Business Model; Private Equity; Investment; Growth and Development Strategy; Management Teams; Emerging Markets; Organizational Change and Adaptation;


Hardymon, Felda, Josh Lerner, and Ann Leamon. "Actis: January 2008." Harvard Business School Case 808-130, March 2008. (Revised June 2009.)