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Private equity: Best of both worlds

If managed well, exiting from an investment via a twin-track IPO or M&A can reap huge rewards, says Stephen Lloyd For the many private equity sponsors seeking to exit from their investments via a ‘twin-track’ M&A or IPO process, it is vital to have a coherent strategy from the outset. The past 18 months have […]

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