The appetite for private placements, mainly private equity and venture capital, is persistent in Western Europe. In a recent Preqin report, private equity funds in Europe raised respectively $121bn and $108bn in 2016 and 2017.

These are fundraising numbers that were not reached in a decade. Moreover, in Belgium, around 200 new investments in privately held companies are made each year.

  • What are the reasons behind this interest ?
  • Do private placements actually give higher returns than public markets ?
  • Why is the PME gaining popularity?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this article whose purpose is then to explain the PME (Public Market Equivalent) and present the available tools and solutions to make as precise comparison (risk-adjusted) between private placements and public markets returns.

Read the complete white paper « Private placements : understanding the performance » by Vincent Tremblay, consultant at Initio

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