Funds Struggle To Exit Portfolio Co. Investments, Study Says

Law360, New York (May 15, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT) -- Holding periods for private equity-back portfolio companies have risen dramatically over the past five years as continuing global economic unrest has hampered efforts by PE firms to exit companies purchased during the buyout boom, according to a study by Preqin Ltd. released Wednesday.

The U.K.-based private fund consultant said that while exits have picked up in recent quarters, the holding period for portfolio companies — particularly large companies — is far greater than it was before the global financial crisis of 2008. Roughly 73 percent of...
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