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Private equity has grown by orders of magnitude since the 1980s, and the sector could, over time, end up rivaling the public capital markets. But private equity must welcome change to remain dynamic, say experts at the Boston Consulting Group in this instructive report. That involves changes in strategy, culture and organization, as well as in recruitment and socially responsible investment. Financial professionals and investors will find this analysis an authoritative overview of the global private equity space.


Private equity could eventually challenge the public securities markets.

Ready access to cash, stellar returns and enormous fund sizes have fueled private equity’s (PE) ascent. Over time, this asset class could become a viable competitor to the public market: Changes in the business climate have favored risk takers, digitalization has acted as an accelerant to the investment process, and economies of scale have enabled PE’s growth.

The public market’s volatility and its emphasis on short-term earnings have deterred some investors. As a result, PE is properly situated to effect positive long-term change while helping to build new businesses. Yet...

About the Authors

Prabhpal Grewal et al. are directors at the Boston Consulting Group.

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