Ryan VanWagenen

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Ryan Van Wagenen is an American financier, currently focusing his efforts in Private Equity. In 2011, Ryan was promoted to Director at Global Private Equity. Ryan is a Westminster College alumnus where he received a Bachelor of Science in finance. Ryan actively engages in sports and looks to continue his philanthropy efforts.
As the Director of Global Private Equity, Ryan Van Wagenen oversees the origination process providing and leading the team in deal assessment, modeling, due diligence and transaction negotiation to closure. In addition, Ryan also leads execution and helps manage the transaction process, structuring and negotiating of the detailed terms of the investment opportunity.

In 2009, Ryan Van Wagenen began working at Global Private Equity. Global Private Equity is a placement and advisory firm dedicated to raising capital worldwide. After quickly being recognised as a leader, Ryan was promoted to Director in 2011. Ryan Van Wagenen currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Westminster College, Ryan Van Wagenen took a corporate level job within Operations at Citi Trends from 2006 to 2009. Citi Trends is an American retail clothing chain. Citi Trends opened its first store in Savannah, Georgia in 1958 under the name Allied Department Stores. Citi Trends is listed as "CTRN" on the NASDAQ.

In 2009, Ryan Van Wagenen began working at Global Private Equity. Global Private Equity is a placement and advisory firm dedicated to raising capital worldwide. The Company is an independent firm owned by its partners. After quickly being recognised as a leader, Ryan Van Wagenen was promoted to Director in 2011.


In finance, private equity is an asset class consisting of equity securities and debt in operating companies that are not publicly traded on a stock exchange.

A private equity investment will generally be made by a private equity firm, a venture capital firm or an angel investor. Each of these categories of investor has its own set of goals, preferences and investment strategies; however, all provide working capital to a target company to nurture expansion, new-product development, or restructuring of the company’s operations, management, or ownership.

Bloomberg Businessweek has called private equity a rebranding of leveraged buyout firms after the 1980s. Among the most common investment strategies in private equity are: leveraged buyouts, venture capital, growth capital, distressed investments and mezzanine capital. In a typical leveraged buyout transaction, a private equity firm buys majority control of an existing or mature firm. This is distinct from a venture capital or growth capital investment, in which the investors (typically venture capital firms or angel investors) invest in young, growing or emerging companies, and rarely obtain majority control.

Leveraged buyout, LBO or Buyout refers to a strategy of making equity investments as part of a transaction in which a company, business unit or business assets is acquired from the current shareholders typically with the use of financial leverage. The companies involved in these transactions are typically mature and generate operating cash flows. Private equity firms view target companies as either Platform companies which have sufficient scale and a successful business model to act as a stand-alone entity, or as add-on or tuck-in acquisitions, which would include companies with insufficient scale or other deficits.

Leveraged buyouts involve a financial sponsor agreeing to an acquisition without itself committing all the capital required for the acquisition. To do this, the financial sponsor will raise acquisition debt which ultimately looks to the cash flows of the acquisition target to make interest and principal payments. Acquisition debt in an LBO is often non-recourse to the financial sponsor and has no claim on other investments managed by the financial sponsor. Therefore, an LBO transaction's financial structure is particularly attractive to a fund's limited partners, allowing them the benefits of leverage but greatly limiting the degree of recourse of that leverage. This kind of financing structure leverage benefits an LBO's financial sponsor in two ways: (1) the investor itself only needs to provide a fraction of the capital for the acquisition, and (2) the returns to the investor will be enhanced (as long as the return on assets exceeds the cost of the debt).

As a percentage of the purchase price for a leverage buyout target, the amount of debt used to finance a transaction varies according to the financial condition and history of the acquisition target, market conditions, the willingness of lenders to extend credit (both to the LBO's financial sponsors and the company to be acquired) as well as the interest costs and the ability of the company to cover those costs. Historically the debt portion of a LBO will range from 60%–90% of the purchase price, although during certain periods the debt ratio can be higher or lower than the historical averages. Between 2000–2005 debt averaged between 59.4% and 67.9% of total purchase price for LBOs in the United States.
Ryan Van Wagenen plans to continue to develop his skill set at Global Private Equity in the distant future. Ryan plans to branch out eventually and look for opportunities to build a business and develop a corporation. Ryan is considered by many to be a workaholic and will do whatever it takes to succeed in his business endeavours.

Ryan Van Wagenen plans to further develop his relationships with his friends and family. Ryan hopes to leave a positive legacy behind for his family. He wishes for his future children to enjoy the financial security to pursue their dreams in life.

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  • Westminster College , United States , Salt Lake City, Utah

    Bachelor of Science
    01/2002 - 01/2006
Career History
  • Director , United States , Salt Lake City, Utah

    not defined
    01/2009 to 12/2099
  • Operations , United States , Salt Lake City, Utah

    01/2006 to 01/2009
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  • Establishing Focus
  • Providing Motivational Support
  • Leadership Development
  • Project Management
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Managing Change
  • Empowering Others
  • Managing Performance
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Customer Orientation
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