Private equity refers to the ownership of assets of a company that is not publicly traded. These assets may have debts or other liabilities attached to them. Owners of the private equity of a company accrue monetary or privately tradeable value from the assets they own when either the company is liquidated and all the debts of the company are paid off or the portion of the company’s assets they own is sold off together with all the proportional debt attached to the aforementioned asset.
A popular form of private equity financing in Nigeria is ****the private equity financing provided by Venture Capitalists (VCs) and Angel Investors (AVs) where financing is provided to startups for an early minority stake or share of private equity in a startup or company. This is a predominant practice in Nigeria’s vibrant technology-enabled startup ecosystem.
In the last 10 years, the private equity sector in Nigeria has grown from fringe players with about $75 million worth of assets under management to big players with $2 billion worth of assets under management.
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