SWFs and Their Economic Marriage to Buyouts

Leveraged buyouts have been a popular private equity strategy for numerous sovereign funds, especially in 2007 and 2008. It proved to be so popular that sovereign wealth funds have been investing in buyout firms. The latest was a sovereign investment in TPG, a well known Texas private equity firm. Sovereign funds firmly understand that buyout funds are struggling to raise capital. The current leverage buyout market is challenging as there is a lot of dry powder available and US interest rates are very low. Private equity firm economics are not the key driver of SWF investment into buyout firms. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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