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Press Release

Latham & Watkins Publishes Fourth Edition of Private Capital Insights

July 13, 2023
Latest report analyzes key global trends affecting investors, lenders, and sponsors across the private capital structure.

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce the launch of the latest edition of Private Capital Insights, a comprehensive report examining key emerging trends shaping the market and impacting private capital investors, lenders, sponsors, and other market participants across a range of asset classes and private capital strategies.

The new report examines the continued growth and influence of private capital across the global economy, including an outlook on a number of dynamic and fast-changing sectors that are critical to economic growth such as energy and infrastructure and commercial real estate. The report also highlights the growing importance of ESG to investment firms and stakeholders, and explores the creative approaches deployed by private equity sponsors in a challenging environment for debt and equity financings.

Private Capital Insights covers a range of topics that continue to influence the global market in 2023, including:

  • Private capital is getting creative with distressed assets and preferred equity as traditional real estate activity slows.
  • Despite a downturn in PE deal values and fundraising in Asia last year, energy and infrastructure deals are set to surge in the region.
  • ESG considerations are influencing capital allocation, investment decisions, and portfolio company management.
  • PE sponsors re-evaluate their strategies in the wake of the March 2023 banking turmoil.
  • Private capital fuels the global energy transition and critical energy infrastructure.

“Despite global macroeconomic uncertainty, private funds are continuing to find creative ways to deploy capital,” said Yen Sum, a partner in Latham’s London office and Global Co-Chair of Private Capital. “The fast-developing private capital sector continues to grow in size and significance, and a number of market developments — from challenges facing the global banking sector to financing energy transition on the international stage — will create opportunities for private funds to play a crucial role in driving activity across several large and important sectors.”

“The agility and dynamism of private capital funds has been key to the sector’s continued global growth and influence, particularly amidst challenging market conditions,” added Paul Sheridan, a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and Global Co-Chair of Private Capital. “As our latest report highlights, we continue to see significant opportunities for investors across a variety of markets and asset classes in the second half of 2023, furthering the importance of private capital in driving strong economic growth.”

Latham's market-leading team advises investors, lenders, sponsors in structuring, evaluating, committing capital to, managing, and realizing the myriad of investment opportunities across global markets and industries. The firm leverages the practice’s formidable depth of expertise in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to seamlessly advise market participants on all aspects of their business in deploying private capital, from fund formation, fundraising, and regulatory matters to analyzing, structuring, and executing transactions and portfolio management.