Private equity firms are almost as varied as the firms they represent but, generally speaking, there are four basic activities that private equity firms engage in. Below is a brief summary of the basic activities of private equity firms, followed by a more detailed description of each.
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Like private equity firms, there are many types and sizes of private equity funds. Generally, a private equity fund is a "collective investment scheme" that is used to make investments in target companies utilising various equity, debt and convertible debt strategies. Private equity funds are usually formed as limited partnerships and most often have a fixed 10-year term.
In corporate finance, the term "private equity" consists of equity and debt investment into companies that are generally not publicly traded on a stock exchange. Private equity investments are usually made by a private equity firms, venture capital firms or "angel" investors.
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