Private Equity

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What Does Private Equity Mean?

This is any type of commercial investment by a private equity firm, a venture capital firm, or an angel investor in acquiring part or all of the equity ownership of a company. Broadly speaking, private equity is investments made directly in private-held companies by private capital funds and similar investors.

In high finance, private equity also involves buyouts – usually leveraged buyouts (LBOs) – of public companies which are thence delisted from the stock exchange where they had, hitherto, been publicly traded. When this happens, such a company is said to have been taken private.

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