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Fund Economics

What is the typical share of the GP that people sell and how much will an investor typically pay for it?

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Mar 09, 2024
The topic of selling a stake in the fund's GP or ManCo to investors has come up several times in webinars and AMAs. This seems to be a way to for the partners to raise capital to support themselves during fundraising or finance their GP commitment. Can anyone put some numbers to this idea? 

Also, what happens if the fundraising effort is not successful? Does the investor lose their money or are the GPs on the hook to repay it?
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Mar 11, 2024
There is no standard amount or numbers. What you're referring to here is having someone invest in the GP entity. First, you need to set a valuation on the GP entity. A good place to start is by trying to pencil out the value of the carry if you 3x the fund. Then, you can work backward to determine how much $ a % of the GP is worth. 

This transaction is typically not contingent on fundraising targets. Instead, an investor will buy a portion of your carry for a set amount, similar to how you would invest in a startup. If the fund fails, the investment in the GP goes to 0. 

It is not very advantageous for investors to invest in the GP because they get paid last. The best place for investors to invest is the LP entity, because there they get paid first. Therefore, those who chose to invest in the GP vs the LP entity often do so because a) they want to help the manager and b) they want to get better economics on their initial LP investment. 

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