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Why The PE Industry Might Have A Dry Powder Problem

Law360 (March 21, 2018, 1:37 PM EDT) -- Private equity fund managers have been stockpiling record amounts of investor capital, but the ever-growing mountain of dry powder highlights how difficult it has become for PE players to find affordable deals, and there is concern that the prosperous fundraising environment could falter sooner than later.

The private equity industry has had no trouble raising money in recent years, with data from research firm Preqin showing that the amount of dry powder, or unspent funds earmarked for deals and investments, currently sits at more than $1 trillion. That’s a massive pile of dry powder, and it has PE players and their...

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