New York – For anyone who has wondered how private equity went from a …

New York – For anyone who has wondered how private equity went from a niche in the alternative investment field to a driving force in global M&A, help is on the way. The Debevoise & Plimpton private equity team has published The Private Equity Primer: The Best of the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report. This compendium, based on articles previously published in the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report that have been updated to reflect the current marketplace, is a one-stop guide to the business, legal, tax and regulatory issues affecting private equity today.

The Primer tells the story of private equity from a variety of vantage points, including the corporate, tax, financing, regulatory and multi-jurisdictional contexts. In that way, the book mirrors Debevoise’s approach to advising the private equity industry – a multi-disciplinary, team-based approach offering private equity clients sophisticated solutions from legal professionals with long-standing experience in the field.

“As we approached the seventh anniversary of the Private Equity Report, we believed that we had enough good material to warrant a book in a field where there is still surprisingly little widely available scholarship,” said Franci J. Blassberg, co-chair of Debevoise’s Private Equity Group and editor of both the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report and the Primer. “At this point in the evolution of the private equity industry, we thought it would be helpful to provide both new entrants and seasoned professionals in the arena with a primer on the business, legal, tax and regulatory issues involved in establishing funds, structuring investments and exiting those investments.”

About the Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report:

The Debevoise & Plimpton Private Equity Report, now approaching its seventh anniversary and with a circulation of nearly 5,000, is a newsletter focusing on the ways in which legal and market developments impact private equity firms and their investors in their fundraising, investing, acquisitions, financing and monetization activities.

About the Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Global Private Equity Team:

With over 200 lawyers serving private equity worldwide, and with seasoned practitioners on the ground in the major financial centers worldwide, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has a truly global perspective on the private equity market.

Debevoise consistently ranks as a leading firm in private equity M&A and fund formation. Debevoise has been a pioneer in private equity M&A for over 25 years, crafting innovative solutions in some of the first, largest and most complex transactions in the industry, many of which were cross-border in nature. Since 1995, Debevoise acted as counsel for sponsors or investors in over 800 private equity funds with committed capital of more than $620 billion.

Through our New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Washington, Moscow and Hong Kong offices, members of the Debevoise Global Private Equity Team are poised to provide private equity clients with focused market knowledge and cutting edge legal techniques in the United States, Europe, Asia and beyond.

About Debevoise & Plimpton LLP:

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm now has over 630 lawyers, including more than 135 lawyers in Europe. For more information, please visit

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