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Week in Review: Ares, Exits, and OECD

Despite the more than $1 trillion in fund reserves, PE managers say they’re doing more sales than buys in 2014. After nearly a decade of long-held portfolio companies, there are roughly 7,500 U.S. companies owned by private equity — and LPs are ready for their returns.

While a flotation was a popular exit strategy for the past six months, the IPO market has become less favorable recently.  Other channels — including sponsor-to-sponsor transactions, selling to strategics, or secondary sales — are becoming more popular.

In other news, KKR sent its first tweet. Here’s our take on it.

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In the past two years, ORIX Mezzanine & Private Equity has deployed over $100 million across 10 transactions.  OMPE typically targets investments of $5-25 million in junior capital interests, utilizing any combination of subordinated debt, convertible preferred/debt, preferred equity, and common equity. As it is not a traditional fund, OMPE does not have specific timing or exit requirements, and may provide additional capital as successive opportunities materialize.

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