In the context of the total business sector, the global private equity industry raised a record $453 billion from investors in 2017, leaving it with more than $1 trillion to pour into companies and new business ventures, Reuters reported at the beginning of the year. The capital raised in 2017 surpassed the previous landmark of $414 billion set in 2007.

Private equity players have been stepping up the pace of investments in the energy sector since the recovery took hold last year.

In 2017 the industry was clawing its way out of a miserabl...

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