Brendan Ballou

Brendan Ballou

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Brendan Ballou is a federal prosecutor, and served as special counsel for private equity in the antitrust division at the Department of Justice. Previously, he worked in private practice, and before that, in the National Security Division of the Justice Department, where he advised the White House on counterterrorism and other policies. Ballou is also the Plunder: Private Equity’s Plan to Pillage America, which describes in vivid detail the machinations, and the human and societal costs, of the private equity industry.

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  • Plunder is the authoritative exposé of private equity: what it is, how it kills businesses and jobs, how the government helps, and how we stop it.

  • Ballou explains how private equity has reshaped American business by raising prices, reducing quality, cutting jobs, and shifting resources.

  • He also reveals in an agenda for reining in the industry, private equity can be stopped from wrecking further havoc.