Survey of Private Equity fund managers indicates improved optimism – Rothstein Kass’s Private Equity in 2011 report

Global professional services firm Rothstein Kass, has published “Private Equity in 2011,” a sector trends report that features the findings of an Internet survey of 207 private equity fund managers. Conducted in January 2011, the survey covered issues ranging from fundraising intent to regulatory concerns.  Sixty-five percent of managers participating worked at funds with assets under management (AUM) below $500 million, with 35 percent indicating AUM in excess of $500 million.

Among notable findings, nearly 80 percent of respondents indicated that there will be more attractive investment opportunities in 2011 than in 2010. Meanwhile, 67 percent suggested that there will be increased IPO activity by private equity portfolio companies this year. While a more stable economy and thawing capital markets are contributing to a general sense of optimism, managers polled also acknowledged challenges ahead. Roughly 45 percent of respondents indicated that the credit crisis would continue into 2012 or beyond. Nearly 86 percent agreed that provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will increase compliance costs for private equity funds.

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