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Thought leadership from the secondaries sector’s leading voices including legal experts, industry veterans, asset class specialists (from real estate to private equity) and academics.

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Blackstone’s investment in BC Partners is about more than hard capital

The European private equity stalwart picked Blackstone as a minority shareholder also for the soft benefits that it brings.

Make way, once again, for Blackstone

Can the US manager, its fundraising muscles flexed, establish itself in infra the way it has in other asset classes?

The rise of the renewable energy fund

Latham & Watkins partners Eli Katz and Omar Nazif note that as private equity funds increasingly target renewable energy assets, they will need a strong grasp of the financing structures as well as the opportunities.

Goodbye LIBOR, hello uncertainty

LIBOR has underpinned financial products for decades. But it could be phased out in less than three years, with huge implications for private debt lenders.
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An introduction to the unitranche market

Experts from PwC outline why this form of lending is an attractive financing option for mid-market leveraged buyouts.
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How the UK can still exert influence in Europe

The European Parliament has approved changes to the pre-marketing of alternatives funds that should make the process easier across the continent.

Fund credit lines: How to compare apples with apples

GPs must think carefully about how fund level leverage affects performance at the fund level and by extension, their own stability.
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The private equity secondaries market: A Cinderella story

The secondaries market's transformation into a $70bn market is due to both a wave of the Fairy Godmother’s wand and the payoff for years of scrubbing floors, write Houlihan Lokey's Jeff Hammer and Paul Sanabria.

Why Investcorp is buying Mercury

We don’t often see managers buying placement agents, but in this instance the rationale is clear.

5 things we learned at the IFC’s Global Private Equity conference

Technology, fundraising challenges and trade wars were on the menu at the pre-eminent gathering of emerging markets private equity insiders.
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