Predictions for 2020

Private equity pundits do some crystal-ball gazing and cast their 2020 predictions.

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If you’re working today, hope you have stuff to do. Seems fairly quiet out there! We’ll publish the Wire today and tomorrow, and then we’re off for the holidays.

Institutional Limited Partners Association, for the third year, put together predictions for the coming year from industry folks. Here’s a flavor:

In 2019, influential voices have seriously questioned private equity’s license to operate. In 2020, we must respond as an industry – explain our very real contribution to economies and to society,” said Jeremy Coller, CIO and chairman of Coller Capital.

“With firms’ fast return to the market and [less] capital for new commitments, momentum will be increasingly important in fundraising. Team, track record and strategy will be critical for emerging managers,” said Sarah Sandstrom, partner at Campbell Lutyens.

“20/20 vision? With debt now at four levels (trade finance, acquisition finance, fund finance and GPCo finance), this will be year that LPs realise PE is now a structured product,” said Eamon Devlin, partner at MJ Hudson.

“2020 will be the year of preparation. Even the best investors can’t predict the downturn but instead will prepare for the inevitable by rebalancing overweight portfolios through secondary sales in today’s attractive high price environment,” said Julien Gervaz, CEO of Palico.

Check out the full list here.

For what it’s worth, when I ask about the landscape for 2020, I generally get the sentiment that fundraising will continue to be strong. In fact, forward calendars continue to show established GPs coming back to market with new product-type funds, as well as newer shops launching second and third funds.

And as capital-raising continues to roll, dry powder will be building up because GPs will still be cautious with how they spend their money. Deal flow slowed this year compared to prior years, and I expect that will continue next year.

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