Private equity and the UK market: some “real” concerns

James Kirkbride (Faculty of Business and Law, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)

International Journal of Law and Management

ISSN: 1754-243X

Publication date: 21 March 2008



The paper aims to look at the growth of private equity and to consider the concerns that the public and media have raised, as well as the response to these concerns.


This article is an opinion piece based on current and recent trends.


It is difficult to ascertain whether the publics’ concerns are real or are media lead. The tax changes have also caused concern in the private equity business with a belief that they will drive investors out of the UK market and reduce the competitiveness and attractiveness of the UK for the private equity investor.


The key may involve more transparency in the private equity industry as this may help resolve some of the growing public and political distrust. The paper also suggests that to attain a better understanding in this area, the competitive position of the UK market needs to be recognised.



Kirkbride, J. (2008), "Private equity and the UK market: some “real” concerns", International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 50 No. 2, pp. 93-96.

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