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Actionable Ideas for Companies and Sponsors

Private Equity Becoming An Important Buyer of Venture-Backed Businesses

Venture capital-backed companies are increasingly turning to private equity for exits versus the traditional route of selling to strategic buyers. This is a recent trend being driven by venture-backed companies remaining private for longer time periods and therefore representing more mature targets for private equity, as well as the need for these companies to provide liquidity to early stage investors. In addition, record levels of dry powder and a highly competitive M&A environment are driving private equity firms to be more proactive in pursuing venture-backed companies. Private equity buyers now account for almost 25% of venture-backed exits, and we expect this trend will become a more prominent focus for later-stage growth companies.