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May 13, 2014 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity – Holding Periods

Private equity holding periods continue to lengthen…

For exits in 2014, the median holding period slightly increased to 5.8 years. These exits mostly represent portfolio companies that were acquired at the peak of the last bubble (2008), prior to the recession and likely at higher valuations. Looking forward, will the holding period decrease as the data begins to reflect acquisitions made during the recession or has the holding period of the private equity firms fundamentally lengthened?

 

 

August 19, 2009 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Top 30 Private Equity Firms

PrivateEquityInfo.com has ranked the top 30 private equity firms globally in an effort to add transparency to an otherwise fairly opaque industry.

Typically, private equity firms are ranked based strictly on their fund size. However, due to the current economic climate, fund size may not be the most accurate measure of a firm’s current activity and investment capacity.

We have ranked the largest, global private equity firms based on a more holistic view, considering a variety of metrics. The parameters include: fund size (of course), current investment appetite, maximum deal size the firm will consider and deployment of capital. This ranking is therefore admittedly subjective.

July 28, 2009 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Agency Theory for PE Firms

Agency Theory addresses the potential conflict of interest created between parties associated with a private equity firm: external investors, managers, entrepreneurs, and/or the owners of the private equity firm involved. Although managers’s compensation is aligned with the private equity firm in a way that rewards a common, shared interest; conflict between these parties can still arise and affect investor behavior.

There are generally three types of agency relationships: