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The Runaway Rise of Private Capital



Why investors are seeking higher returns away from public markets

The recent spate of publicly listed British companies being taken private has drawn attention to the rise of private capital. But the reality is that the ratio of global investment capital divided between private and public markets has been steadily shifting for some time. For as long as two decades over on Wall Street and since 2007 in the UK.
The evidence suggests, and many openly declare it, public markets have, at least to a meaningful degree, lost their shine for investors. There seems to be a number of reasons for that. But, as is always the case when it comes to investors, front and foremost is the belief that private capital stands a better chance of delivering superior returns. The other reasons, which we will look at, can all be considered as supporting why so many investors are deciding putting their money into privately owned assets is a wise move.

In this report we'll look at:

  • The facts and figures that demonstrate just how significant the shift towards private investment has been.
  • The UK tax rules that increase the attractiveness of private investments and the investment vehicles that benefit from them.
  • The advantages of investing in privately-owned assets. And the disadvantages.
  • The reasons behind the redirection of capital flows from public to private markets.



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