In the previous two posts we’ve been summarizing some of the insights provided by Michael Flaherman, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and long time veteran of the industry who presented the IMDDA webinar “Making Sense of Private Equity Partnership Agreements”. We’ve helped you to understand private equity fund due diligence and examine some of the key reasons why the management fee offset deal you think you’re getting may not be as good as you think it is.

In this final post from the webinar on improving private equity fund due diligence outcomes, we look at some of the tactics you can use to make your private equity operational due diligence more effective.

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In our last post, “Understanding private equity fund due diligence” we looked at the key area of focus for private equity fund due diligence, management fee offsets. This drew on the expertise of Michael Flaherman, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and long time veteran of the industry who presented our webinar “Making Sense of Private Equity Partnership Agreements.

In this article, we’re going to again leverage Michael’s expertise and look at some of the specific reasons he’s been able to identify that signal that the deal you think you’re getting on management fee offsets may not actually be so.

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Private equity has a reputation for being a tricky area for due diligence professionals to navigate. In addition, it is also known for some of the more controversial practices in the industry. For example, the 2014 SEC statement entitled “Spreading Sunshine In Private Equity” highlighted that more than 50% of the private equity firms that had been investigated by the SEC had been found to be doing something illegal or contrary to regulatory standards.

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