Private equity looks to risk management and derivatives

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Private equity firms are beginning to develop risk management functions and are making greater use of derivatives. The trend is so far limited to a handful of the largest firms, but bankers expect it to increase in the wake of the credit market turmoil.

The benign credit environment of the past few years has triggered record-breaking merger and acquisition activity, with leveraged buyout activity by private equity firms soaring. Widening credit spreads and a drying up of liquidity in the loan

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