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Advisors, Private Equity

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“For many investors… private equity beckons as a singularity soothing and lucrative safe haven,” free from volatility and nearly guaranteeing impressive returns.

But has private equity actually been more successful than the public markets? A new paper by professors from Booth, Darden, and Saïd Business Schools conclude that private equity returns have “actually been mediocre” — since 2006, the industry has “been running on par with the S&P.”

Fortune’s Roger Lowenstein dives into the report, which also finds that “so-called persistence — the tendency of a PE firm’s past results to be predictive going forward — has plummeted.”

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  • Harren Equity Partners recaps Circa Corp
  • Lee Equity Partners sells PDR Network to Genstar Capital
  • D’Orazio Capital Partners buys Red Head Brass
  • Aquiline Capital Partners invests in OmegaFi
  • TPG Growth acquires Taco Bueno from Palladium Equity
  • Quad-C Management sells Balboa Water to AEA Investors
  • ParkerGale Capital acquires OnePlus
  • Vertical/Trigen Holdings to merge with Osmotica Holdings


This Week in History… On December 7, 1941, the Pearl Harbor bombing wreaks havoc on Hawaii, killing 2,403 Americans and wounding 1,178. The impact on the stock market was commensurate: The Dow Jones closed that night at 112.52 — a 4.08 point drop.

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