Private Equity Glossary

Investor Types

The key players in the private equity industry, based on particular fund structures and sources of capital supply. In the United States, private equity is dominated by Private-Independent Funds, while Canadian activity is diversified across several major groups.

Corporate funds (C): Subsidiaries of financial or industrial corporations.

Government funds (G): Agencies or crown corporations owned by government.

Institutional investors (IN): Funds managed inside certain large institutions.

Retail Funds: Funds (e.g., LSVCCs, PVCCs) established with benefit of government tax credits to individuals.

Private-Independent Funds (PI): Funds structured on Limited Partnerships and related vehicles.

Foreign investors (FI): Non-resident private equity funds or corporations active in Canada.

Other investors (OT): Investors with an interest in specific private equity deals, but without a permanent market presence.

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