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Legal Update

Alternative Private Equity Fund Models

3 July 2012
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update

There appears to be no shortage of potential fund managers interested in launching a private equity fund and equally there appears to be no shortage of investors interested to participate in private equity style investing. So why is it often so difficult for potential fund managers to raise and close private equity funds? It may be that the traditional private equity fund model is, due to logistical and other reasons, inherently difficult to close, particularly in the current environment where fund raising is challenging. It may also be that the traditional private equity model does not offer enough flexibility to investors in an environment where investors tend to be cautious and selective. For these reasons it is worthwhile exploring alternative fund models which blend in some characteristics of the traditional private equity funds but with more flexibility for investors.

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