TOP 30 PE FIRMS REPORT

Our premium research reports deliver actionable insight on the latest trends in the private equity industry. Each month, Private Equity’s analysts explore a new theme using interviews with subject matter experts, data from key sources, and surveys of market participants.
Our premium research reports deliver actionable insight on the latest trends in the private equity industry. Each month, Private Equity’s analysts explore a new theme using interviews with subject matter experts, data from key sources, and surveys of market participants.
Please browse our previous reports below.
November 2023 | This report aims to be a one-stop shop for updates on the biggest firms in the world of private equity (PE). The industry stalwarts are well known, but we dig deeper – not only to rank the Top 30 firms worldwide by their PE-specific AUM, but to examine how they’re performing in various aspects of their operations at this moment in time, all in section one.
Risk has always been bread and butter for venture capital (VC) managers – the last year has tested this appetite more than ever. This report examines the most pressing challenges facing managers, the resurgence of tech as the dominant source of returns, and strategies to build more secure and better performing portfolios for the long term.
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This private credit special explores a thriving asset class that has defied forecasts of downward credit cycles and slowed momentum. Demand and performance is strong, though managers are facing more competition and higher risk that comes with ballooning transaction volumes.

This private credit special explores a thriving asset class that has defied forecasts of downward credit cycles and slowed momentum. Demand and performance is strong, though managers are facing more competition and higher risk that comes with ballooning transaction volumes. Regulators too are keeping a weather eye on developments.  

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Impact investing, a strategy wherein returns have always been under scrutiny, is proving to be particularly resilient amid economic volatility. This Private Equity Wire report checks in on sentiment among investors and fund managers, while exploring the strategies and areas of opportunity that are contributing to a seemingly bright future for the world of impact funds.

Impact investing, a strategy wherein returns have always been under scrutiny, is proving to be particularly resilient amid economic volatility. This Private Equity Wire report checks in on sentiment among investors and fund managers, while exploring the strategies and areas of opportunity that are contributing to a seemingly bright future for the world of impact funds. 

PE Tech Report Braced for Impact
This year could prove pivotal for tech buyout funds as new challenges and opportunities emerge, but with new dealmaking techniques and technologies at their disposal – not least AI. Private Equity Wire’s latest research report, Braced For Impact: A Pivotal Year For Tech Buyouts, covers the latest challenges and activity around tech investing, and PE firms’ interest in and use of disruptive technologies.

This year could prove pivotal for tech buyout funds as new challenges and opportunities emerge, but with new dealmaking techniques and technologies at their disposal – not least AI. Private Equity Wire’s latest research report, Braced For Impact: A Pivotal Year For Tech Buyouts, covers the latest challenges and activity around tech investing, and PE firms’ interest in and use of disruptive technologies.

UK in Focus Insights report
Through a combination of smart and effective regulation, a reliable common law judicial system and high quality service providers, the Cayman Islands has built a robust eco-system which has driven its success as a domicile for alternative investments.

This report presents the views of 35 private equity professionals – more than 40% of whom are UK fund managers, 15% European-based, and 30% from the US – on dealmaking, exits and venture capital, based on a survey carried out by Private Equity Wire during February 2023. The results were discussed with a range of named and unnamed private equity sources, primarily based or working in UK private equity, during March 2023.

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This report presents the views of over 60 private equity professionals – more than 95% of whom are fund managers – on private equity fundraising and investment in Asia, ex-Australasia, based on a survey carried out by Private Equity Wire during January 2023, and discussed with a range of named and unnamed private equity sources, primarily based or working in Asian private equity, during February 2023.

This report presents the views of over 60 private equity professionals – more than 95% of whom are fund managers – on private equity fundraising and investment in Asia, ex-Australasia, based on a survey carried out by Private Equity Wire during January 2023, and discussed with a range of named and unnamed private equity sources, primarily based or working in Asian private equity, during February 2023.

Mind the gap: Private equity prepares of a valuation reset
As valuation multiples cool, private equity managers are holding on tight to traditional value levers in their portfolio companies. This report looks at how bid-ask spreads are adjusting across the M&A market this year, and examines the reality for fund valuations at end-2022 and Q1 2023.

As valuation multiples cool, private equity managers are holding on tight to traditional value levers in their portfolio companies. This report looks at how bid-ask spreads are adjusting across the M&A market this year, and examines the reality for fund valuations at end-2022 and Q1 2023.

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This report examines the outlook for the private equity market in 2023 and how it is shaping up following one of the most volatile years for the asset class in living memory, with a group of well-known industry leaders providing their views on what awaits in the coming year…  

This report examines the outlook for the private equity market in 2023 and how it is shaping up following one of the most volatile years for the asset class in living memory, with a group of well-known industry leaders providing their views on what awaits in the coming year…

 

Investor Interest Insight Report Dec 2022
Following macro and liquidity concerns during 2022, what are the investment priorities for institutional private equity investors globally? This Private Equity Wire Insight Report looks at why investors are most positive on long-term allocations, but fundraising looks tight next year, and how fund managers are unlocking new investors in the Middle East and in private wealth, and the challenges in both segments.

Following macro and liquidity concerns during 2022, what are the investment priorities for institutional private equity investors globally? This Private Equity Wire Insight Report looks at why investors are most positive on long-term allocations, but fundraising looks tight next year, and how fund managers are unlocking new investors in the Middle East and in private wealth, and the challenges in both segments.

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With overstretched syndicating banks limiting the amount of debt that is available to buyout sponsors, and the cost of debt rising, this Insight Report examines how deal volumes will be affected by new borrowing conditions, and the new financing levers and forms of leverage available to sponsors.

With overstretched syndicating banks limiting the amount of debt that is available to buyout sponsors, and the cost of debt rising, this Insight Report examines how deal volumes will be affected by new borrowing conditions, and the new financing levers and forms of leverage available to sponsors. How is fundraising matching deployment, and what might this asset class look like in 2023?

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First-time private equity funds have become fewer but – in many cases – much larger. This report looks at how the rules of the fundraising game are changing for spin-out managers.

First-time private equity funds have become fewer but – in many cases – much larger. This report looks at how the rules of the fundraising game are changing for spin-out managers. LPs often avoid taking a risk on new managers in a tougher market. Can they still be convinced by a niche or differentiated strategy, and will it outperform?

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Late-stage VC has been hit hardest by a reset in valuations, with the number of high-profile examples growing through 2022. This report examines what the trend means for other stages and sectors of the VC lifecycle in the second half of 2022, as well as where the next opportunities lie for VC funds.

Late-stage VC has been hit hardest by a reset in valuations, with the number of high-profile examples growing through 2022. This report examines what the trend means for other stages and sectors of the VC lifecycle in the second half of 2022, as well as where the next opportunities lie for VC funds.

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August 2022 | The first-ever Private Equity Wire Performance Insight Report, looking back on a challenging first half of 2022. In the year through June, private equity benchmark returns began a descent from their post-pandemic high, global dealmaking plummeted compared to 2021, and the IPO market ground to the slowest pace in several years.

August 2022 | The first-ever Private Equity Wire Performance Insight Report, looking back on a challenging first half of 2022. In the year through June, private equity benchmark returns began a descent from their post-pandemic high, global dealmaking plummeted compared to 2021, and the IPO market ground to the slowest pace in several years.

PE Tech Report The Great Reboot
July 2022 | After 30 years’ relying on Excel spreadsheets and human insight, PE fund managers are finally embracing tech and data to drive value in their investments. AI-powered tools, algorithms and prediction models are supplementing more traditional data collection to provide estimates for financial health and revenue growth at target and portfolio companies.

July 2022 | After 30 years’ relying on Excel spreadsheets and human insight, PE fund managers are finally embracing tech and data to drive value in their investments. AI-powered tools, algorithms and prediction models are supplementing more traditional data collection to provide estimates for financial health and revenue growth at target and portfolio companies.

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June 2022 | Private equity is about to get less private. Since the financial crisis, regulation has increased in the industry but not by much. In 2011, US financial regulator the SEC acknowledged that many private equity funds remained outside of the Commission’s regulatory oversight even though they managed large sums of money for hundreds of investors.

June 2022 | Private equity is about to get less private. Since the financial crisis, regulation has increased in the industry but not by much. In 2011, US financial regulator the SEC acknowledged that many private equity funds remained outside of the Commission’s regulatory oversight even though they managed large sums of money for hundreds of investors.

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May 2022 | In early 2022, I Squared Capital, KKR and Stonepeak closed infrastructure funds at almost double the size of predecessor vehicles. After the Covid-19 shock, the asset class has proved its resilience – now, investors want to use it for inflation protection too.

May 2022 | In early 2022, I Squared Capital, KKR and Stonepeak closed infrastructure funds at almost double the size of predecessor vehicles. After the Covid-19 shock, the asset class has proved its resilience – now, investors want to use it for inflation protection too. Digital infrastructure and renewable energy will prove the case as PE interest accelerates

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April 2022 | Since the pandemic, when managers turned to the secondary market for liquidity, the GP-led segment has tripled in value to $60bn last year. Now, a more difficult exit environment in 2022 is driving many to safehouse their most prized assets in continuation funds.

April 2022 | Since the pandemic, when managers turned to the secondary market for liquidity, the GP-led segment has tripled in value to $60bn last year. Now, a more difficult exit environment in 2022 is driving many to safehouse their most prized assets in continuation funds. As the middle-market opens up, exponential growth in transaction volume is expected to follow

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