Private financial markets: The Road to Next

Market trends affecting investor-backed private companies

The Road to Next series explores investment trends defining the private financial markets and covers strategies, liquidity concerns, market dynamics, and more. Our latest edition reviews the deepening venture capital expansion stages, acceleration of growth within popular sectors, and elevated levels of risk in today’s private equity environment.

A public forum for private financial markets

Deloitte and PitchBook have collaborated to produce a distinct methodology and array of data sets in order to answer some of the most pressing questions for venture capital and private equity–backed private companies. The Road to Next series focuses on critical issues companies and their backers face, covering liquidity concerns, investor strategies, macroeconomic pressures, important regulations, market dynamics, and more.

In each edition, Deloitte subject-matter specialists discuss the issues dominating industry discussions in the current environment, especially the hurdles that growing companies face as they scale. As new market trends develop, additional themes and data sets will be featured to address potential concerns that private companies may have, whether they are planning to stay private or prepare for a new phase of their journey.

Fifth edition: What does 2021 have in store for private financial markets?

The private equity expansion stage is deepening. Many mature expansion-stage companies continue to enjoy record levels of funding, and valuations are rising at eye-catching rates. But with the unique circumstances of the pandemic still looming, investors must consider a range of scenarios in a deal environment that presents significant levels of risk.

In the latest edition of our Road to Next series, we continue our investigation of expansion-stage deal activity in private financial markets and break down the key factors investors and companies should consider heading into 2021. Though 2020 produced many unorthodoxies across the market, investors remain enthusiastic, with more liquidity events sure to enter the hopper in 2021.

There may be more scrutiny on the volume of companies preparing to go public via SPACs over the next 12 to 18 months, especially given their origin in nontraditional and nascent markets.

–Previn Waas, Audit & Assurance software industry and IPO services leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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