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How PE can gain from shifts in the payments sector

How PE can gain from shifts in the payments sector

With Covid-19 raising concerns over the risk of infection from physical cash exchanging hands, the payments industry looks set to see a seismic shift in its modus operandi as developed economies navigate through and out of lockdown restrictions. Private Equity Wire caught up with Ravi Sharma, banking and payments lead analyst at data analytics and consulting firm Global Data, to hear about some of the most interesting trends that will affect the payments industry going forward.

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By Michael Halford & Brian O’Neill, Goodwin – Until recently, an investor in a private equity fund could expect an investment to be tied up for at least 10 years. Historically and currently, private equity funds have a 10-year life with the option for the general partner (usually with some form of investor or advisory board consent) to extend the fund by two or three additional one-year periods. In practice however, private equity funds have lasted longer than this with a typical fund potentially lasting for 15 years or more before final wind up and liquidation.