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Private Equity Research Analysts and Associates

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More than 8,400 firms actively manage private equity and private debt funds worldwide, according to the 2020 Preqin Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report. This is an increase from 6,170 in 2015. Many PE firms are headquartered in the United States—typically in big cities such as New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago. Some firms specialize in a particular investment strategy (such as growth equity, leveraged buyout, distressed buyout, venture capital, and mezzanine fund), while others use some or all of these strategies. Private Equity International ( publishes an annual list of the 300 biggest private equity firms. The PE industry is very fragmented. The largest firms hold a small portion of industry assets under management. Many firms have fewer than five employees, and even the largest firms typically have only 200 to 1,500 employees.

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