Private equity has successfully weathered economic crises in the past and appears to be well-placed to manage the current coronavirus crisis. Whilst both fundraising and investments will be significantly reduced from pre-pandemic levels for some time these are expected to recover and resume the historic overall growth trend. Private equity firms may find opportunities through taking undervalued public companies private and in restructuring under-performing businesses. However, start-ups may find seed and early stage finance hard to access. Government support measures need to meet the characteristics and needs of high growth enterprises.


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Arundale, K. & Mason, C. 2020, 'Private equity and venture capital: riding the COVID-19 crisis', A New World Post-Covid-19: Lessons for Business, the Finance Industry and Policy Makers. http://dx.doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-442-4

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