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Private equity: The specialists

Here are three buyout firms worth watching.

Power List: Where the money is Fortune's exclusive look at the country's most powerful buyout firms. (more)
The year of the vulture The private equity firms that will thrive in the year ahead are those that know how to profit from others' misfortunes. (more)
10 private equity deals gone bust When the liquidity is flowing like wine, every deal looks like a perfect ten. But a lot has since gone wrong. (more)