Private equity on cliff edge due to trade war, rising rates: EQT

Climbing interest rates will make it difficult for the private equity industry to raise capital, and Trump's trade war on China is much more harmful than we think. Stockholm-based private equity fund EQT is expecting the worst, according to Thomas von Koch, CEO and managing partner.

The trade war has done much more damage than we read about in the Financial Times, according to Thomas von Koch, CEO at EQT. | Photo: PR

The future looks bleak -- for private equity funds, at least. So says Thomas von Koch, CEO and managing partner in Stockholm-based private equity fund, EQT, which is controlled by the Wallenberg family.

Over the years, EQT has raised more than EUR 50 billion from pension fund investors and currently has a global portfolio of 210 companies with nearly 110,000 employees and annual sales of EUR 19 billion.

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