When we began working on this year’s 40 under 40: Future Leaders of Private Equity, only a few countries had implemented localised lockdown measures in response to the coronavirus.

Much has changed since then. The path out of this situation remains unclear, which only goes to highlight just how important leadership, innovation, interpersonal skills and technical expertise will be in navigating the challenges and potential opportunities ahead.

Private Equity International’s Future 40 list, now in its second year, provides the perfect platform for recognising the investors, dealmakers, fundraisers, operators and lawyers who demonstrate those qualities and who will be at the forefront of the efforts to recover from what looks set to be a devastating downturn. These are the rising stars of an industry that has more than its fair share of top talent.

We received more than 200 formal nominations and dozens more recommendations from senior industry sources – thank you to everyone who took the time to do so. PEI’s senior editorial team then had the tough job of selecting just 40 individuals from the many impressive submissions. You can learn more about why this year’s Future 40 were selected and their achievements to date in our special section.