PEP raises $200m ahead of Link float

Australia's largest private equity firm is raising equity for its share registry business Link Market Services.

Pacific Equity Partners is raising $200 million for its $2 billion Link Market Services, with sources speculating the company is being prepared for a sharemarket listing next year.

The equity is being raised through a private placement with Macquarie Group, a source said.

Last year, The Australian flagged that Link was one of the businesses PEP was preparing to exit, along with Hoyts, Xtralis and Griffin's Foods.

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