The Pulse of Private Equity – 6/22/2015

If it seems like the PE market is getting crowded, it’s been that way for a while. The number of active global PE firms, defined here as having raised a fund in the prior five years or completing a deal in the prior three, has been on an almost-uninterrupted increase since 2000. From 1,453 active firms that year to 3,530 last year, that’s a 143%