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Some of the key talking points and takeaways from the largest gathering of private equity finance and operations professionals.
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More than 600 delegates are gathering in New York next week for a jam-packed agenda at the world’s pre-eminent event for finance and operations chiefs.
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Implementing robust ESG policies to reduce carbon emissions is a necessary step; but firms should not ignore the need to safeguard their portfolios from more immediate climate change effects that threaten returns.
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A look back at the highlights from Private Equity International’s Friday Letters this year reveals an industry grappling with scandals, its role in the economy and the question of real alignment.
Predictions are notoriously tricky, so here instead are PEI’s anti-predictions.
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When you have one of private equity’s most recognisable names claiming that now is the “best time to be investing in emerging markets”, the world’s investors can’t help but sit up and take notice. Speaking at an International Finance Corporation and EMPEA conference this year, Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein said the “bloom is off the […]
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When faced with criticism of its role in markets and society, the private equity industry has always been able to point to net returns as the ultimate vindication. In 2020 that won’t be enough.
Investors should pay attention to how GPs capitalize their own investment in a fund because it raises questions about their real ‘skin in the game’.
Bipartisan words of support for private equity suggest proposed legislation that could devastate the industry would be unlikely to survive Congress – possibly even the House. That doesn’t mean the fight won’t get louder and uglier.
The US Chamber of Commerce has thrown its weight behind private equity; the industry shouldn’t expect pressure to let up while Elizabeth Warren is still in the race.

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