What does the future hold for private equity?

      PricewaterhouseCoopers podcast series explores key issues to help
        businesses manage in a downturn: www.pwc.com/ca/strategytalks

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - Volatile economic conditions and a reduction in
available capital are reshaping the way the private equity (PE) sector
operates. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), now more than ever, PE
firms need to implement a number of strategies - from diversifying and
differentiating their business to focusing on operational effectiveness and
shareholder management - to adapt to the new environment.
    To help PE firms manage in a downturn, PwC in Canada launched the seventh
podcast in the Strategy Talks series. Entitled, Private Equity in a Troubled
Economy, the podcast will explore key issues facing the PE sector and share
strategies firms can use to address them through feature interviews with PwC
thought leaders.
    In Private Equity in a Troubled Economy, Dean Mullett, co-lead of the
Restructuring and Distress Strategy Group and the Credit Crisis Task Force at
PwC, and Helen Mallovy Hicks, a partner in the Valuations group of PwC's
Advisory Practice, speak with Peter Dale, national leader of PwC's Private
Equity practice.

    Some questions Peter will answer include:

    -   How has the PE landscape changed over the past two years?
    -   What are the key challenges facing PE firms today?
    -   What can we see going forward in the PE space?
    -   What are some key takeaways for PE firms to manage in a downturn?

    The Strategy Talks podcasts will continue over the coming weeks and months
and can all be found at pwc.com/ca/strategytalks.

    Recent podcasts include:

    -   Surviving the Economic Crisis: PwC's Perspective
    -   Restructuring in a Down Economy
    -   How Will a Recession Affect the Value of My Business?
    -   Why Cash is King in a Tight Economy
    -   The Recession's Impact on the Accounting World
    -   Dealing With Your Banker

    PwC Economic and Credit Crisis Task Force
    PwC recognizes that a global crisis requires a global and coordinated
    The PwC Economic and Credit Crisis Task Force (the "PwC Task Force")
brings together a Canadian team of senior cross-functional experienced
practitioners who understand market volatility and the diverse challenges
facing companies today. By leveraging knowledge, experience and networks, the
PwC Task Force can advise and guide Canadian companies through a multitude of
capital market and economic crisis issues.
    PwC thought leaders are available for individual interviews and briefings
on the topics found within the podcasts.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com) provides industry-focused assurance,
tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its
clients and their stakeholders. More than 155,000 people in 153 countries
across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop
fresh perspectives and practical advice. In Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
(www.pwc.com/ca) and its related entities have more than 5,200 partners and
staff in offices across the country.
    "PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an Ontario
limited liability partnership, or, as the context requires, the
PricewaterhouseCoopers global network or other member firms of the network,
each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.

For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Forest, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,
(416) 814-5730, carolyn.forest@ca.pwc.com; Nina Godard, PricewaterhouseCoopers
LLP, (416) 941-8383 x 13520, nina.godard@ca.pwc.com

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