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pari passu
Pari passu refers to two or more loans, bonds or series of preferred stock having equal rights of payment or level of seniority.
PIPE or Private Investment in Public Equity
PIPE or Private Investment in Public Equity is a term used when a private investment or mutual fund buys common stock for a company at a discount to the current market value per share.
pipeline
Pipeline is the flow of upcoming underwriting deals.
pitch
Pitch is the set of activities intended to persuade someone to buy a product or take a specific course of action.
portfolio company
A portfolio company is a company or entity in which a venture capital firm or buyout firm invests. All of the companies currently backed by a private equity firm can be spoken of as the firm’s portfolio.
private equity
Private equities are equity securities of unlisted companies. Private equities are generally illiquid and thought of as a long-term investment. Private equity investments are not subject to the same high level of government regulation as stock offerings to the general public. Private equity is also far less liquid than publicly traded stock.
private limited partnership
Private limited partnership is a limited partnership having no more than 35 limited partners and thus able to avoid SEC registration.
private placement
Private placement is a term used specifically to denote a private investment in a company that is publicly held. Private equity firms that invest in publicly traded companies sometimes use the acronym PIPEs to describe the activity. Private placements do not have to be registered with organizations such as the SEC because no public offering is involved.
 
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