Despite Rhetoric, Private Equity Firms Keep Raising Money

Private equity firms are sitting on massive amounts of dry powder – otherwise known as expensive un-invested money. Despite pension investment officers, media pundits and the academic class clamoring on about excessive private equity fees and dry powder, a number of alternative investment managers raised mega funds in recent months. Pensions want in on the returns, while wealth funds are keen on deal flow. These larger and “proven” private equity managers such as Warburg Pincus LLC, Vista Equity Partners and The Blackstone Group can raise capital in shorter runs, compared to mid-sized private equity firms targeting 1.5-1.8 year raises.

Warburg Pincus on Number 12

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