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Why Jana Partners? / Overview of Jana Partners

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Jana Partners is an event-driven investment firm managing $1.6B. Jana Partners was founded in 2001 by Barry Rosenstein and it is headquartered in New York.

Some of Jana Partners' most notable investments include its stake in Whole Foods Market, which played a key role in Amazon's acquisition of the company, and its investment in Conagra Brands, where it successfully pushed for changes to the company's strategy and leadership.

In addition to its traditional activist activities, Jana emphasizes socially responsible investing through its campaigns. In recent years, Jana Partners has been actively involved in efforts to promote sustainable investing and has called for greater attention to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations in investment decision-making.

Jana Partners Overview

Remember that in order to craft a great answer to the common question "Why this Firm?", it's your responsibility to read articles and speak with employees. If you are interviewing with Jana Partners, you should make sure you know:

  • 1 deal that the investment team you are recruiting with has done

  • 1 person at the firm (ideally someone who would have influence over your recruiting process)

  • 1 business model-specific detail to mention

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Big 3 Qualitative Questions

Selected Activist Impact

In 2014, Jana Partners bought a 10% share in Petsmart and successfully convinced investors to sell to BC Partners for $8.7B. This represented a 40% premium to Petsmart's stock average price during Jana's share purchase.

Fact Sheet

  • Company Name: Jana Partners

  • Description: Pershing Square Holdings, Ltd. is an investment holding company structured as a closed-ended fund principally engaged in the business of acquiring and holding significant positions in companies

  • Firm Category: Activist Investor

  • Status: Jana Partners is a privately held company

  • Founded: 2001

  • Assets Under Management: $1.6B

  • Chief Executive Officer: Barry Rosenstein

  • Headquarters: New York City, USA


Jana Partners Glassdoor

Jana Partners Salary

Based on the H1B Database, the average base salary for an Analyst at Jana is $150k. We note that this salary information may be dated and not reflective of their current pay.


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