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ILPA Issues Guidance on GP-Led Secondaries — Key Takeaways

April 11, 2019

In response to GP-sponsored secondary activity growth, the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) has released guidance for its members on these complex and conflict prone transactions. Finbarr O’Connor and Gavin Farrell were invited contributors to ILPA on the guidance note: below, they outline some key takeaways for both GPs and LPs.

  • Communication: Early transparency of the deal process and economics, symmetry of information between buyer and fund LPs, and timely disclosure of conflicts are critical.
  • Role of LPACs: While advocating for all LPs, LPACs and their members should be fully aware of all potential conflicts and consider engaging an independent advisor to act on all LPs’ behalf should the complexity of the transaction exceed their risk tolerance.
  • Deal structure: LPs should have the option to maintain status quo. LP consent provided should be contingent on an independent opinion of fair value and upfront disclosure of transaction cost allocations and any changes to fund terms.
  • Third-party advisors: Complexity and conflicts of interest may warrant the engagement of an experienced third-party advisor to act on behalf of LPs.

Read the ALPA guidance.

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Gavin Farrell


New York

Finbarr T. O'Connor

Managing Director

New York