Private Equity Fundraising

Private Equity Fundraising

Gavin Ryan

25 years: Private equity & banking

Fundraising is the key to becoming a private equity fund manager. Gavin emphasises its importance and discloses many misconceptions about fundraising and some key factors for success.

Fundraising is the key to becoming a private equity fund manager. Gavin emphasises its importance and discloses many misconceptions about fundraising and some key factors for success.

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Private Equity Fundraising

10 mins 55 secs

Overview

Many aspiring fund managers, who are otherwise valid investment professionals, have an unrealistic optimism bias when it comes to fundraising. The universe of LPs or their funds available will be more limited than with other asset classes. This is due to the huge risk factors specific to private equity, which are the lock up period and the “blind pool” nature of private equity investing. A first time fund manager may need eighteen to twenty four months to raise a fund; a follow on fund may be less. A major part of the fundraising process will be the pitch made by the aspiring fund manager to the LPs. Raising even a one hundred million euro fund can easily cost over quarter of a million euros.

Key learning objectives:

  • The four main mistakes made in fundraising

  • The key factors for a successful fundraising

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Gavin Ryan

Gavin Ryan

Gavin Ryan has twenty years’ experience as a private equity fund manager. He has managed a $30m Advent International Affiliate Fund, a $200m Fund part of Soros Fund Management and a €2.5bn Green Energy Asset Manager. Before he was in investment banking with HSBC and Nomura. Gavin has an Engineering Degree from Cambridge and an MBA from McGill.

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