"Take, for example, the recent deal news from Canada, the Saudi Arabia of institutional direct-investment capital, which saw two public entities partner to acquire a business via their direct-investment programs. OMERS Private Equity (affiliated with the Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System) and Alberta Investment Management Corp. will buy the European theater chain Vue Entertainment for C$1.5 billion. The money comes directly from the balance sheets of public pensions and endowments. If we assume that about $500 million in equity is going into this deal, it’s $500 million that in an earlier era would have gone through a fund and been counted in fundraising statistics."
Shadow Capital - Privcap