LEXINGTON, KY – Private-equity firms were cast in a bad light following the 1990 release of “Barbarians at the Gate,” a book chronicling the 1988 takeover of RJR Nabisco Inc. by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co., but history has shown they often can be a stabilizing factor, one analyst says. Citing the 2008 World Economic Forum study, which reviewed 21,397 private-equity deals between 1970-2007, Justin Petitt, a partner with N.Y.-based Booz & Co., says such groups have evolved beyond the ...

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