Sovereign Funds and Successful Private Equity Firms

It is a nebulous swamp for private equity firms to navigate nowadays. Fee compression, competition from other public investors, regulatory changes, quality deal flow, and the challenge of raising non-redeemable capital commitments to new and successor private funds are just a few of the tough challenges private equity firms are dealing with. Tighter financing is crimping the buyout industry. The final slap is the anemic IPO market.  Public investors are still upbeat about private equity.  War chests are still being raised.

The model of private equity is slowly morphing, especially as sovereign wealth funds and public pension funds desire a preference to alternative private equity fund structures such as managed accounts, smaller funds, and co-investment vehicles. To go even further, increasingly several large public investors are insourcing their own investment professionals and make direct investments in alternative investments without the use of private equity advisers. Public funds that can compete with compensation packages in the private sector are more likely to build their own internal deal team. It is simple economics. In fact, they may become the private equity firm’s competitors in the long run.

With that being said, what are a few essential factors for being a successful, long-lasting private equity firm in today’s market?[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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