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Good morning, all. The Wall Street Journal discusses a new trend in the private equity industry: why PE firms are selling stakes in themselves. Prompted by Vista Equity Partners’ sale of a minority stake in itself, a balance sheet boost, new product lines, and deepening investor ties are noted as benefits of a partial sale.

Meanwhile, PE Hub’s Q&A on the state of the private equity industry reveals some interesting trends. Among the insights, PE managers are taking minority stakes, quick fundraising fuels “false demand,” and ESG awareness becomes a prominent concern.

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This week in history…Enron Corporation inks a deal to acquire British-based Wessex Water PLC. For the sum of $2.2 billion–which was reportedly paid in cash–the electricity and gas titan from Houston, Texas made its first move towards creating a global water subsidiary (1998).

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