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…

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…

Directors of cash-squeezed and distressed companies – 5 liability points to note

  We recently published an article that covered dealings between directors and their companies, and concluded with a reference to acts that can be challenged in the unlikely event of administration or other insolvency process. How quickly circumstances change; two months later, even the healthiest of businesses are preserving cash and those ‘unlikely’ events are…

GDPR: 8 top tips for your M&A deal

This month we focus on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), and provide 8 top tips to mitigate its impact on M&A transactions. The GDPR comes into force on 25 May 2018, imposing stricter controls in relation to the personal data of EU citizens, broad territorial application and significant penalties for breach. The UK…

Acquiring distressed assets – 5 top tips for buyers

As competition for attractive assets becomes ever more intense, a wider range of investors are looking for businesses that are “distressed”. This normally means the asset is priced at below market value, often because the owner of the asset is having difficulty dealing with its liabilities, needs to raise cash or strategically wants to eliminate…

Mind iF I Don’t, too? (MiFID)

With three weeks to go until MiFID II takes effect, this article shines a light on 4 of the issues our hedge fund clients tell us are exercising them most: Research unbundling Telephone taping Transaction reporting LEIs References in this article to “MiFID II” include the MiFID II Directive (2014/65/EU), the Markets in Financial Instruments…

What to expect from a US buyer: 10 flashpoints

For the purpose of this article, we have assumed that 100% of the share capital of a UK private limited company is proposed to be sold under a sale and purchase agreement (“SPA”) governed by English law. These are 10 flahspoints what to expect from a US buyer. 1. Locked box or completion accounts? In…

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