Panel: Private equity outlook
After 10 years of bull market conditions, the first signs of decline are starting to show in the private equity industry with challenges around fundraising, portfolio company vulnerabilities in the face of an economic downturn and falling valuations on public markets. Since the last downturn, layers of leverage have also been built into the system with portfolio companies and funds carrying debt – what does this mean for direct lenders?
- Are cracks beginning to show by way of a slowdown in fundraising? Are LPs sticking with existing relationships creating a bifurcation of the PE fundraising market?
- Are ESG credentials a priority in the face of an economic downturn?
- What is the pipeline for portfolio company investments and what are the exit opportunities given depressed public market valuations?
- How are layers of leverage creating opportunities and risks for direct lenders?
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