Looking Ahead at the Growth of Private Equity

As a market now worth millions of dollars on a global scale, the history of private equity dates back to the early 1900s when J.P. Morgan purchased the Carnegie Steel Corporation. Since then, the industry has seen tremendous growth, especially as the global economic climate continues to develop. Over the next four years, analysts predict that the global private equity market will grow by $734.93 billion between 2022 to 2027, a CAGR of 9.32%. 


Much of this growth is being driven by many factors. One of the most important factors is the increasing number of high-net-worth individuals on a global scale. High-net-worth individuals are defined as people with net investable assets amounting to more than $1 million. Because of this wealth, they are key players in private equity investments. Based on a report published by Boston Consulting Group, its projections show that capital commitments to private equity funds from these wealthy individuals will grow at a CAGR of 19% to reach $1.2 trillion by 2025 and account for over 10% of all capital raised by private equity funds.


The rise in private equity deals is another major driver of the market. Strategic alliances between companies are becoming more common, allowing them to access resources they otherwise would not be able to gain access to on their own. For example, Blackstone recently partnered with Thomson Reuters to carve out its financial and risk business into a USD 20 billion strategic venture. 


Despite the various drivers of market growth, there are a few challenges that could impact the future development of the private equity market, such as transaction risks and liquidity. This concern primarily arises in transactions between companies from two different countries. Transaction risk can lead to losses when the currency rate changes before transactions are completed, as well as through delays or defaults in payments due to foreign exchange controls or political instability in certain countries. Additionally, low liquidity levels of private equity assets could hinder investments in private equity, as investors require more liquidity to invest in other assets.


Overall, the private equity market is expected to experience moderate growth over the next five years. This growth will be driven by factors such as an increasing number of HNWIs investing in private equity and a rise in strategic alliances between companies. However, some challenges could impede this future development including transaction risks associated with international transactions and low liquidity levels of assets. Despite these potential issues, global private equity investments will likely increase between 2023 and 2027 due to economic recovery and businesses seeking new investments. 

Is Reg D Suitable for My Company?

Regulation D (Reg D) is a set of rules established by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that allows companies to raise capital without registering their securities for public sale and is related to, but different than other JOBS Act regulations. Reg D also establishes certain disclosure requirements that companies must comply with when selling securities under this type of offering and offers several advantages for companies seeking to raise capital, these include:


  • Ability to raise capital from accredited and some nonaccredited investors
  • Reduced disclosure requirements, and faster access to capital
  • No limits on offering sizes


However, there are also certain drawbacks associated with Reg D. For example, companies must comply with state regulations that may require disclosure of notices of sale or the names of those who receive compensation in connection with the sale. Additionally, the benefits of Reg D only apply to the issuer of the securities, not to affiliates of the issuer or to any other individuals who may later resell them.


What is Reg D?


Reg D is a set of rules established by the SEC to help companies raise capital without registering their securities for public sale. The regulations are designed to make it easier for businesses to access capital markets and take advantage of potential investors who were not previously able to invest in private offerings.


Under Regulation D, companies are allowed to raise capital without registering their securities with the SEC under rule 506. Under Rules 506(b) and 506(c), companies are not limited to the amount of capital that can be raised. However, offerings under rule 506(b) cannot use any form of general solicitation, which means they need to rely on their networks of accredited investors. In addition, 506(b) offerings can have up to 35 nonaccredited investors.


Who Can Benefit from Reg D?


Reg D can benefit both companies and investors. Companies can access capital markets without registering their securities for public sale, a great alternative to a cost-intensive IPO. Issuers can also raise the capital they need to grow and expand their business, as well as fund future rounds of fundraising that may be accomplished through a Reg CF or a Reg A+ offering.


For investors, Reg D offers the opportunity to invest in companies with potentially higher returns than other investments due to the increased risk associated with such investments. The majority of investors must meet specific criteria (such as having an annual income of over $200,000) to be considered accredited investors.


Is Reg D Suitable For My Company?


The answer to this question depends on several factors, such as your company’s financial situation and whether you can meet the disclosure requirements under Reg D. Companies that may benefit from a Reg D offering include:


  • Start-ups or development-stage companies
  • Growing businesses needing additional capital
  • Companies looking to access capital more quickly than they could through a traditional public offering


Reg D can be beneficial for companies, as well as accredited investors who meet specific criteria. While there are potential risks associated with a Reg D offering, it may be suitable for your company if you can meet the disclosure requirements and familiarize yourself with the relevant regulations. Ultimately, it is important to consult a qualified securities lawyer to determine if Reg D is the right option for your company.