"We have seen growth in our private equity lending. We were traditionally about 60 percent private equity and 40 percent non-sponsor, and now it has moved up to 75 to 80 percent private equity lending. The M&A market has been so frothy for five or six years now," says Monroe Capital's Tom Aronson.
"One of the primary changes to the private equity industry is the rise of the family office as a significant player. We’re seeing more family offices going direct to acquire deals rather than go through funds," says Watermill Group's Julia Karol.
"The biggest change in the private equity industry over the last five to ten years is just an increase in efficiency. There’s a much more increased awareness from business owners that private equity firms are active acquirers," says Huron Capital's Gretchen Perkins.