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Africa special: currency risk is the biggest concern for LPs

CDC, South Suez and 57 Stars discuss the risks – and returns – of investing in Africa.

Odds of choosing a winning PE fund ‘worse than flipping a coin’

Picking a GP at random now gives investors less than a 50% chance at beating public markets, according to data from PitchBook.

African private equity: In search of a solid 3x

From rising to falling star, Africa rewards those with discipline, patience and the skills to build a market leader.

This woman knows you are going to spin out before you do

Cambridge Associates’ head of private markets Andrea Auerbach makes it her business to know all about your business – including whether your best dealmakers are heading for the exit.

Why the hurdle rate needs a revamp

For all the debate it provokes, the conventional hurdle rate has remained stubbornly untouched since the ’80s.

Hellman & Friedman IX: No hurdle, no problem

Investor documents reveal the firm has not included a preferred return hurdle for its ninth flagship fund, which is seeking $15bn.

Abraaj’s unravelling: by the numbers

On Tuesday Arif Naqvi reached a settlement in a $217m bounced cheque case. PEI looks at the figures that could play a role in further developments.

New Mexico SIC’s private equity portfolio in five charts

On Tuesday, the $24bn sovereign wealth fund will vote on a subscription to a portfolio management service to aid due diligence and portfolio monitoring across private equity, real return and real estate.

Santa Barbara’s PE portfolio in five charts

The $3bn fund is increasing its private equity activity after raising its target allocation to 10% from 7% in 2016.

Alternative fee models: not the norm

With the promise of outsized returns comes the expectation of outsized compensation.

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