PEI is the leading financial information group dedicated to the alternative asset classes of private equity, real estate and infrastructure globally. It is an independent company with over 110 staff based in three regional offices – London, New York and Hong Kong - and is wholly owned by its management and employees.
We started in London in November 2001 when a team of managers at financial media group Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, with the backing of US-based investors, bought out a group of assets that centred on the website PrivateEquityOnline.com.
At the time the new company was called InvestorAccess, and the aim was to grow a specialist media business that focused on alternative assets - and private equity in particular. From the outset we wanted to be close to both the holders of institutional capital [investors] and those managers involved in alternative assets [funds]. Our conviction then, as now, was that alternative assets were of growing importance to investors and that the fund management groups within these asset classes were of increasing importance to everyone – governments, corporations, the financial industry to name but three.
In December 2001 we launched our first magazine: Private Equity International. A year after, we had run our first conference in London and published our first book. 12 months on again and we had opened our New York office and launched two more magazines: PE Manager and Private Equity Real Estate. Next came the opening of our Singapore office in 2005 and the launch of our fourth magazine PE Asia in 2006. In 2007 we released our first online database and the year after we added specialist training to the portfolio as well as an awards business. In 2009 we launched our fifth magazine, Infrastructure Investor.
In May 2007 the same managers completed a secondary MBO that enabled us to own all of the business we had built - and give our original co-investors a great exit too. Renamed PEI Media, the company remains one of the few independent financial media groups active worldwide.
Today we publish five magazines, host five news websites, manage what is probably the most extensive set of databases dedicated to alternative assets, run 22 annual conferences globally, publish a library of 20 books and directories and have a fast growing training business.
We have grown into a widely-known and highly-regarded media business that delivers detailed coverage of the main alternative asset classes of private equity, real estate and infrastructure. We have worked hard to build a reputation for top quality journalism that is written by our own staff and is delivered via accomplished print and digital channels. The same principles of accuracy, genuine market knowledge and excellence of delivery inform our data, events and specialist publication activities also.
We have members of our award-winning editorial team sat in all three of our offices [London, New York and Hong Kong] and likewise our conference business runs events based from each of our locations. Our multilingual data teams in each office are continually feeding and updating our online databases under the supervision of seasoned analysts.
We feel strongly that the industries we cover are resolutely global and inherently cross-border - so to cover them effectively we must be able to connect with them in every market and in any time zone. We also expect to provide the most relevant information via a variety of channels, ensuring always that our clients value the insight and knowledge we provide them.
PEI: for alternative insight.