The market turmoil has created a number of openings for private equity buyers. Some have acquired potentially lucrative consumer loan and mortgage providers, while others are snapping up non-core businesses being off-loaded by the larger financial institutions. But how long will this window last?
With new legislation set to reduce the cost of most final salary pension schemes, private equity houses should understand the implications for buying and selling businesses.
Private equity funds may soon be obliged to publish their accounts, disclosing investors' interests as well as the value of their shareholdings.
Private equity firms are under increasing pressure to consider how they are managing environmental, social and governance opportunity and risk according to KPMG International survey "In Case the Wheels Come Off".
The surge in deal activity in the first half of 2010 has given a boost to the private equity sector. Many buyers are paying a premium for less-risky, established companies with reliable earnings potential, particularly in financial services and infrastructure. However, a few private equity players have been brave enough to take on distressed businesses.