Private equity investment is performing at
a level not seen since 2007. According to a Preqin report,
private equity firms raised a record $453 billion last year,
beating the previous record in 2007 of $414 billion. But in
light of this incredible performance, EU plans to increase
regulation on a historically unregulated sector could lead to
disruption this year.
In what has historically been a highly
unregulated industry, plans to bolster regulation in private
equity could make firms and businesses worried, but Phil
Sanderson, global co-head of private equity at Ropes and Gray,
said regulation in this area would not necessarily be a
"Regulation is not a bad thing for private
equity: it makes the industry grow up", he said.
Despite the frustration from private equity players,
Sanderson said the industry has "moved on from being entirely
private". Investments in public goods such as healthcare and
infrastructure is said to justify greater...