GP-led secondaries: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Secondaries have been a hot topic in private equity in recent years. The first secondaries fund in history raised a mere $6 million in capital back in 1981. Forty years later, the biggest secondaries fund of all, managed by Ardian, has $19 billion in capital. In 2020 alone, secondaries funds raised $100 billion. Four of…

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…

Private equity funds post crisis: eight key trends

With the global health crisis dominating headlines around the world, the true effect that this will have on the Private Equity industry and Private Equity funds is yet to be seen. In this article we highlight eight trends we expect to emerge from the crisis. 1. Pension funds under pressure Public and private pension plans…

Secondaries – 10 emerging trends

Driven by robust investor demand for alternative asset exposure, the secondaries market – the purchase and sale of existing LP commitments in private equity and other alternative asset funds – has boomed in the last decade. But what does the future hold? In this article we highlight 10 emerging trends in the secondaries industry: 1….

Feeling insecure? Leverage in PE secondaries deals

The use of leverage in private equity secondaries has its advantages, but also raises issues around the form of security in respect of such financings that both purchasers and sellers should be aware of. Feeling insecure? Leverage in PE secondaries deal The use of leverage in private equity secondaries transactions is not new. As the…

Managed accounts: The wave is coming

This article looks at the pros and cons of managed accounts for private equity investors and managers, and examines parallels to the hedge fund industry, where they have been part of the landscape for much longer. Separately managed accounts (SMAs), long an established feature of the hedge fund world, have been gaining in popularity with…

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