The impact of investment funds on restructuring practices and employment levels

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17 January 2011
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This report examines whether investment funds – in particular, private equity, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds – help to revive underperforming companies and thereby contribute to employment growth or whether, on the contrary, they strive to maximise financial returnsRead more
This report examines whether investment funds – in particular, private equity, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds – help to revive underperforming companies and thereby contribute to employment growth or whether, on the contrary, they strive to maximise financial returns at the expense of labour. Overall, the report concludes that investment funds are neither wholly ‘bad’ nor wholly ‘good’ with regard to the impact on labour in their invested firms. 
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    Reference no.: 
    EF1064
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    The impact of investment funds on restructuring practices and employment levels

    This report examines whether investment funds – in particular, private equity, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds – help to revive underperforming companies and thereby contribute to employment growth or whether, on the contrary, they strive to maximise financial returns at the expense of labour. Overall, the report concludes that investment funds are neither wholly ‘bad’ nor wholly ‘good’ with regard to the impact on labour in their invested firms.

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  • Executive summary

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    Reference no.: 
    EF10641
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    The impact of investment funds on restructuring practices and employment levels

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    Investment funds have increased in number and become more important to the global economy in recent years. Europe is no exception. The term ‘investment fund’ refers to private equity (PE), hedge funds (HFs), and sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) – sometimes also referred to as alternative investment funds (AIFs). Although these funds have some common features, they differ in important respects – such as investment strategies, time horizons and extent of ownership of their investment targets.

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