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Why Trian Partners? / Overview of Trian Partners

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Trian Partners is an activist asset manager with an AUM of $7.6B. It was founded by American businessman Nelson Peltz, Peter May, and Ed Garden. Trian Partners invests across various sectors, with a particular focus on consumer, industrial, and financial companies.

Trian Partners has a reputation for being one of the most successful activist investors in the world, with a track record of driving significant improvements in the companies it invests in. The firm works closely with management teams and boards of directors to implement strategic and operational changes aimed at improving performance and creating long-term value for shareholders.

Past campaigns include Cadbury-Schweppes, DuPont, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamle.

Trian 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 Trian 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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Selected Activist Impact

In 2014, Trian took a $2B, 3% stake in chemicals manufacturer DuPont. Over the next few months, Trian criticized DuPont's board for alleged inefficiencies. Ultimately, despite a close vote, DuPont's shareholders backed all 12 existing directors. The company ended up spending $15mm in its campaign to defend against Trian.

Fact Sheet

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  • Company Name: Trian Partners

  • Description: Trian Fund Management, L.P. is a multi-billion dollar investment management firm and a highly engaged shareowner that combines concentrated public equity ownership with operational expertise

  • Firm Category: Activist Investor

  • Status: Trian Partners is a privately held company

  • Founded: 2005

  • Assets Under Management: $7.6B

  • Chief Executive Officer: Nelson Peltz

  • Headquarters: New York City, USA


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Trian Partners Salary

Based on the H1B Database, the average base salary for an Analyst at Trian is $102k - $105k. We note that this salary information may be dated and not reflective of their current pay.


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