Mergers & Acquisitions names the 2021 PE Leaders in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, including Candice Richards, managing director and head of ESG and compliance officer for MidOcean Partners.

New York-based MidOcean, founded in 2003, specializes in middle-market private equity and alternative credit investments. In 2018, the firm closed on its fifth private equity firm at $1.2 billion. The PE part of the business focuses on the consumer and business services sectors. For example, in a deal announced in August, the firm acquired Louisiana Fish Fry, a producer of sauces, spices, seasonings, and marinades.

Candice Richards joined the firm as a compliance officer in 2013. Today, she is a managing director and serves as the firm’s head of ESG. Richards shared some insights with Mergers & Acquisitions in this Q&A: