“The broader financial services industry might also face renewed regulatory pressure. “I think in the Biden administration, you can anticipate there will be emphasis on regulating private equity,” said Mayra Rodriguez Valladares, managing principal of MRV Associates, which provides consulting and training in finance regulatory compliance.

“These non-banks are what the financial stability board ‘other financial institutions,” Valladares said, pointing to nonprofit watchdog organizations that have pushed “for better and more regulation of private equity.” That may not have reverberated with enough legislators when economic times were good, but things are different now. “About half the companies declaring bankruptcy right now are owned at least in part by private equity,” said Valladares. “The default rates have gone up a lot.”

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