Hotel California no more – Secondary transactions and the rise of entry and exit routes in PE

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By Michael Halford & Brian O’Neill, Goodwin – Until recently, an investor in a private equity fund could expect an investment to be tied up for at least 10 years. Historically and currently, private equity funds have a 10-year life with the option for the general partner (usually with some form of investor or advisory board consent) to extend the fund by two or three additional one-year periods. In practice however, private equity funds have lasted longer than this with a typical fund potentially lasting for 15 years or more before final wind up and liquidation.

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