Pete Witte, EY Global Private Equity Lead Analyst, explores the key themes and market dynamics from Q1 2021 that are top of mind for PE investors.

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5 takeaways from 1Q 2021:

  1. The first quarter of 2021 was a blockbuster quarter for PE deals, and in fact was the highest of any quarter in the past decade.
  2. Technology gained maximum traction during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains a powerful thesis.
  3. The SPAC market expanded at an unprecedented rate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Holding periods could increase as a result of the pandemic, although IPO exits rebounded strongly in 1Q.
  5. Finding the right target at the right price remains a challenge in an uncertain market.

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