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Private Equity Education

December 27, 2010 | By

The for-profit education sector has taken a major public beating in recent months as accusations of predatory admission practices at several schools have tarnished this high-margin/high growth sector.  It certainly doesn’t help that the bulk of industry revenues are generated from the Federal government.  Given an increasing number of complaints and allegations of abuse, new regulations [...]

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Private Equity Returns

December 22, 2010 | By

Tracking private equity fund returns is probably one of the toughest elements to research within private equity (Preqin has essentially built their business on return data). Given most funds typically invest, monitor, and harvest their investment portfolio interests over a period of 10 years or so, firms fear that premature return analysis can be highly [...]

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Looking for recognition? Buy a company formerly known as Blackwater.

December 21, 2010 | By

New deal announcements via press releases occur every day.  Most get lost in the shuffle – but if the target happens to be a polarizing business, the chances of increased coverage certainly go up. Case in point is last week’s sale of private security contractor Xe Services, which was covered by the NYT.  Formerly known [...]

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Private Equity Transportation

December 16, 2010 | By

The transportation sector within the private equity world is an interesting one. While not the most technical of sectors (with interest from many generalist investors), it’s still complicated enough to form the investment thesis of specialized firms.

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