What is private equity?

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Alternative investment asset class is explored by Colm Walsh, Managing Director, Private Equity Fund Investments, ICG

Private equity explained

The clue’s in the name:

  • Private, as in not public
  • Equity, which implies ownership and control

Essentially private equity is about controlling privately owned companies: investing in them and creating growth. That usually involves creating significant jobs, expanding geographically, and changing business models to make great companies into even better companies.

An active investment philosophy

Private equity managers devote significant resources to helping companies navigate through their period of growth. It’s an asset class which has delivered outstanding returns historically for only a very small pool of investors. But at ICG Enterprise Trust we’re trying to democratise the asset class to make it more accessible.

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