Christian Atwood Discusses PE Outlook for 2017

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Christian Atwood Discusses PE Outlook for 2017


 | January 20, 2017

Christian Atwood, partner and co-chair of the Private Equity Group at Choate, recently discussed his outlook for the 2017 PE market in the article titled, "PE Predictions: fundraising apace, small-business boost, tax changes," by Buyouts Magazine.

From the article:

Regarding estate taxes: “It wouldn’t surprise me if we see a phasing-out or elimination of the estate tax,” he said. “It’s still a big concern, a big issue for wealthy families. If that goes away, it would have wide-ranging impact on estate planning strategies.”

Regarding healthcare: “There is a tremendous amount of opportunity [in healthcare] and a tremendous amount of uncertainty for investing in healthcare-related businesses,” he said. Atwood expects modifications to the Affordable Care Act “but not a wholesale ‘bow-it-up-and-start-over approach.’”

Regarding energy sector investing: If Rick Perry is appointed as the Head of the DOE, “[w]ill we continue to see a little bit of rebound in the price of oil? This will lead to more deal-making in the energy space.” 

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