Knowledge@Wharton Articles

Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, offers research, commentary and analysis from Wharton faculty and other experts on a wide range of business, economic and financial subjects. This section includes articles on the private equity (PE) industry and related topics.

Retail Chains Aim to Open Up India’s Dental Care Market

Spurred largely by technology and the growth of medical tourism, several chains of dental clinics have begun operating in India.

Private Equity Steps Up in Africa – Part II

This second part of a two-part podcast on the new face of private equity (PE) in Africa looks at the areas of the economy most ripe for growth, and also at some business models that PE firms are pursuing.

Private Equity Steps Up in Africa — Part I

GDP growth in Sub-Saharan Africa last year hit 4.4%, with a third of the countries in the region growing at a robust 6% annual rate. Many analysts believe this helps sets the stage for long-term growth, underpinned by a growing middle class and rising foreign investment.

The redBus Acquisition: A Boost for India’s Startup Ecosystem

Naspers of South Africa, through its joint venture the Ibibo Group, has acquired Indian online bus ticketing company redBus.

Watch for Private Equity Inflows into Pioneer Markets to Grow Further in 2013

Emerging and pioneer markets are beginning to shine in the world of private equity. Among the BRIC countries, Brazil had a very strong year in 2012, while India and China fell back. However, other areas — from Africa to Latin … Continue reading 

Watch for Private Equity in 2013 to Mirror 2012

Private Equity held its own during 2012 in a volatile year for the world economy. Funding for the industry was up slightly, while the number of actual deals dropped a bit below 2011 levels and exits were down. With merger … Continue reading 

The Private Equity Landscape in Colombia

A decade ago, Colombia was struggling with political and social instability, a weak economy and widespread violence. With foreign direct investment (FDI) hovering around US$2 billion from 1999 until 2003, it was clear that the international financial community was not … Continue reading 

Private Equity in Brazil: ‘The Music Hasn’t Stopped’

According to data provided by the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), Brazil’s PE industry in 2011 raised a record US$7.1 billion, or 18% of the new capital committed to emerging markets. Of this total, it invested US$2.5 billion across … Continue reading 

Impact Investing’s Next Hurdle: Better Networking

Tess Mateo is a matchmaker. Her job is to interest private investors in projects throughout the world that will improve the quality of life for people and protect the environment. It is not unusual for her to touch down on … Continue reading 

Private Equity – Holding Steady, Readying a Growth Stage

After a lackluster first half, private equity broke out stronger in the third quarter, fueled largely by corporate America’s shedding of some large, non-core assets. Expect this trend to continue in the months ahead, with most deals in the middle … Continue reading