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SEC Looking Into Private Equity Firms’ Valuation of Assets

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has started an informal inquiry of private equity firms, asking for a broad range of documents on how the funds value assets and who invests in them.

Among issues regulators are examining is whether firms use inflated valuations to attract investors when marketing new funds, said a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the inquiry isn’t public.