Not surprisingly, the ever-evolving regulatory environment continues to present challenges and has the potential to profoundly impact the way that private equity firms do business in the United States, the executives say.
Among the survey's key findings:
- While 74 percent of survey respondents report an increase in revenue over 2010, 84 percent expect revenue increases in 2012
- Executives cite energy (57 percent) and healthcare (55 percent) as the top two sectors with potential for the most attractive returns
- 45 percent believe there will be a moderate amount of convergence in the future of hedge fund, private equity, and traditional investment banking
- 33 percent of executives identify regulatory and legislative pressures as a significant barrier to growth, tied with the ability to stay on top of emerging technologies