The one thing alts managers get wrong in building their pitch book

Doesn’t matter the role, skillset, or experience, practically every investment professional seems to have an opinion on the “right” way to build their pitch book (a/k/a “marketing deck,” “pitch deck,” etc). And it’s because of that we see so many of them doing it “wrong.” You know the saying, “put 10 economists in a room…

The forever fund: evergreen capital in private equity

The traditional private equity fund is a 10-year close-ended vehicle, with a five-year investment period and an average holding period of three to six years. Some argue that the time-limited model encodes short-termism into the private equity perspective. The manager’s decisions to buy, hold and sell investments are influenced or even ordained by the ticking…

Private equity fund economics – what a difference (or not?) a year makes

Every year, MJ Hudson surveys the terms of a large, diverse sample of recently-closed private equity (PE), venture capital (VC) and growth capital funds, for which we have advised either the fund manager or a prospective investor. In this article, we assess the recent trends in core economic terms. For more information, please contact one…

GP stakes investing – the rise of a new alternative strategy (part 2 of 2)

Recently, we looked at the reasons behind the rise of GP stakes investing – an investment strategy in which an investor or fund acquires equity interests in a fund manager, rather than one of the funds it manages. In this piece, we examine some of the risks of taking stakes higher up the asset manager…

GP stakes investing: Part 1 – taking private equity exposure to the next level

An investor looking for exposure to alternative assets generally invests in alternative investment funds and may also co-invest in the funds’ portfolio companies. But a third option has hove into the public spotlight in the last decade: investing in the fund managers themselves. This is a relatively new and fast-growing part of the asset class…

A short primer on Shariah-compliant private equity funds

Shariah-compliant private equity funds are governed by the laws and principles of Islam. The amount of capital managed by these funds continues to increase, partly due to the build-up of savings from successive oil and gas booms in the Middle East, the heartland of the Islamic world. Many investors would like to put their money…

Private funds ten-year top ten: biggest changes of the decade

This month, MJ Hudson celebrated its 10th birthday; one full decade. So, for this latest article, we thought we’d enter into the spirit of the occasion by spotlighting the 10 biggest changes we have observed in the private equity funds market, over the last 10 years: 1. The industry got a lot bigger… With interest…

What can secondaries do for LPs and GPs?

Secondaries can help with LPs and GPs that are going to need ways to confront and resolve the particular challenges imposed on them by the coronavirus-induced economic crisis: As has been widely reported, many portfolio companies are severely impacted and in desperate need of cash. Private equity-backed companies do have access to the parent fund’s…

The alpha in ESG

From the very beginning of the ESG movement, about fifteen years ago, asset managers have asked themselves if and how ESG can create value. In our view, trillion-dollar questions are always worthy of our attention, particularly if answering them may help to save the planet. In order to show whether improvements in ESG can drive…

Hedge and private equity funds: The pieces on the board are moving

It is safe to say that a lot is going on. Is it a recession, dislocation, or black swan event? Regardless, the plates are shifting, the icebergs rolling over. Major hedge funds have suffered life-ending losses. Private equity is in survival mode. Liquid capital is exuberantly waiting for the blood to rise – and it’s…

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