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Early days reading but not impressed (yet) I am just 2 chapters in but am already feeling a bit irritated...I will try to persist I find the Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter etc all rather forced and irritating - maybe I am a boring old stick in the mud. One or two of the comments are quite misleading - for example the box at the top of page 6 says that the GP does not take financial risk and can therefore not lose money - this is simply not true, at least not in the case of any PE firm I am familiar with... often the GP will invest 1 to 5% of the value of the committed capital, so in a $500 Million fund the GP might invest say $10 Million (2%)... so the GP is certainly at risk even if that risk is not in proportion to the potential upside of 20% of the profits above the threshold...the GP can lose the $10 Million if the fund loses the $500 Million, and if the preferred return is not met the GP will receive no carried interest. Some of the more detailed boxes and examples did not really tie together so well (Hilton appeared several times but lacked a logical thread to the numbers) which is frustrating
Mastering Private Equity by Claudia Zeisberger et al (INSEAD) is much clearer and better value for money and the accompanying book case studies (Private Equity in Action) is excellent. One Step Ahead by Spangler is an easy read for those who want a good overview International Private Equity (Talmor & Vasavari) is also good albeit intimidatingly large,