Private equity buyouts will not be stopped by lack of access to cash

MOST private equity houses expect to be able to raise the cash needed for new investments, according to new research.

The study, produced by Grant Thornton, also found that the overwhelming majority of private equity houses do not expect to see a fall in the number of buyouts over the coming months.

Half expect the number of investments to increase in the coming year while three per cent expect to see a decrease. More than three-quarters also said they did not expect their ability to do deals to be he hit by problems in raising new equity funds.

Separate research, from SEI and Greenwich Associates, found that more institutional investors are turning to private equity.