Case | HBS Case Collection | September 1998 (Revised July 1999)

Spyder Active Sports, Inc. and CHB Capital Partners (A)

by John A. Davis, Louis B. Barnes and Peter K. Botticelli


After establishing a small but profitable skiwear business, an entrepreneur decides to sell a minority stake in the firm to outside investors. His goal is to acquire the capital needed to grow the business, even though this will entail a substantial transformation of the firm's management and financial structure. This case examines the resulting private equity transaction from both the company's point of view and that of outside investment.

Keywords: Organizational Change and Adaptation; Private Equity; Family Business; Business Growth and Maturation; Entrepreneurship; Apparel and Accessories Industry; Sports Industry;


Davis, John A., Louis B. Barnes, and Peter K. Botticelli. "Spyder Active Sports, Inc. and CHB Capital Partners (A)." Harvard Business School Case 899-084, September 1998. (Revised July 1999.)