Back to School: Is PE becoming the victim of its own success?

private equity, Indiana University. Niklas Huther
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  • U.S. large and mega buyout funds show imbalance between capital raised and deployed
  • GPs buying smaller, cheaper add-ons or looking to “secondary LBOs”
  • LPs should select differentiated strategies like complex situations or corporate carve-outs
Private equity’s assets under management reached $2.48 trillion in 2016, a more than tripling from the year 2000. And that figure doesn’t capture all the money at work in the market, excluding so-called shadow capital used for co-investments and separate-account ...

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