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The global economic crisis has many people playing the blame game, and private equity gets its share of the heat amid the ongoing credit crunch. But the public perception often doesn't match the reality, argued Perry Golkin, a partner a private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. KKR was a key player in the book Barbarians at the Gate, which featured the firm's historic leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco in the late 1980s. The best practices of private equity - focusing on shareholder value, actively managing assets, improving companies, and balancing risks and rewards - can serve the financial world well at a time when liquidity is hard to come by and global stock markets are under pressure.
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