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Claire Blackhall

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Claire Blackhall

Claire joined Dunedin in September 2019. She is part of Dunedin’s Origination and Research team which identifies companies which meet Dunedin’s investment criteria.

What is your background?

I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Russian and Politics from the University of Bath. Following graduation, I joined KPMG’s Private Equity Group where I qualified as a chartered accountant and tax advisor. I gained experience in the Corporate Tax and Transaction Services teams, delivering tax advice and financial due diligence services to private equity clients. Latterly, I worked as a manager in the KPMG Corporate Finance team working on M&A transactions in the Industrials sector.

Can you tell me what you think is special about Dunedin?

For me, the people and the culture set Dunedin apart. There is a continuing quest for improvement and to be the best we can be, with new ideas encouraged and challenges welcomed from team members at every level. I think this plays a huge part in allowing us to partner with exceptional management teams and support them to achieve their goals.

What does the best working relationship feel like between management teams and private equity?

Honest, collaborative, supportive, with a shared passion for the business.

What challenges should entrepreneurs be aware of when considering private equity?

Entrepreneurs may have reservations about taking on an equity partner and the challenges and obligations that this might entail, but the right private equity partner should challenge the business owner in a positive way, support them to scale their business, overcome obstacles as a team, and allow them to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead. The right private equity partner will bring the tools an entrepreneur can draw on, be it extra brain power, experience, or a broad network of contacts, to continue on their journey.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right – the mind is an incredibly powerful thing. And to never stop reading!

What has been your favourite or most memorable moment at Dunedin?

My favourite moments so far have been in the day-to-day and have included running around Arthur’s Seat with the team at lunchtimes – how can you beat a city with views like that? – and working with and learning from such a fantastic group of professionals.​​​​​​​

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