The private equity industry was forged in the white-hot crucible of 1980s excess. So it comes as no surprise to First Round that at our recent Operating Partners conference, a buyout pro chose to channel one of the decade’s most seminal action films to make his point.
Limited partners are now routinely asking to see firms’ budgets to understand how management fees are being spent. Such requests will only become more common.
The once harmonious LP community appears to be dividing into different classes, depending on how they invest. This disharmony has forced GPs to tread carefully in explaining why different LPs get different terms
Distressed debt funds are attracting a lot of capital at the moment. But with banks apparently in denial about the extent of their problems, deals remain thin on the ground
In five years, Fenway Partners doubled EBITDA at contact lens company 1-800 CONTACTS - without eliminating a single job
New regulations intended to promote better risk management will place additional restrictions on both the fixed and variable elements of GPs’ pay, writes Solomon Wifa
US law firms have been luring fund specialists away from their European rivals as they look to establish a greater foothold in the region. But don’t write off the old guard yet. Claire Coe Smith reports
Sophie Albizua used to be a retail specialist at UK mid-market firm HgCapital. She now runs her own firm advising retail sector clients (and their private equity owners) on how to generate more value from multichannel strategies
These days, everyone is at pains to trumpet their operational value-add capabilities. But, as delegates wondered at PEI’s recent Operating Partners Forum in London, can firms ensure their model won’t lead to the ‘operators’ falling out with their M&A-focused colleagues?
Our hero enjoys his first experience of a portfolio company board meeting. His boss does not.
Given its economic strength and financial sophistication, Taiwan should be one of Asia’s more advanced markets. So where is the private equity activity?
A study suggests a link between Republican policies and private equity performance – and the industry’s recent political donations certainly suggest a leaning to the right. But is the relationship weaker than it looks on the surface?
The storm over Europe is tearing into investment strategies across the continent. However, the private equity opportunity in Germany, according to three market insiders, remains intact.
European companies have been tapping into new financing sources in the US, as banks in their own region pull in their horns. But will it be enough to save the dozens of private equity-backed businesses in danger of default?
In 2012, PEI met Halusa, Sillitoe and Truwit to talk about the future of Apax