Associate in Private Equity FoF - will answer questionsPE
Noticed quite a few questions regarding FoF on here recently (probably due to recruiting cycle) so thought a thread might be helpful - no PMs if possible.
My background is non-traditional. I'm from the UK, top 10(ish) university, finance degree, joined one of the biggest UK asset managers and completed 18 months of a trainee programme before jumping shop to PE FoF. Majority of my fellow associates have more tradional backgrounds (oxbridge, IBD) so can answer questions from what I know of their backgrounds.
Obviously FoF investing isnt for everyone and the majority on here are more interested in being a GP rather than LP, but hopefully there'll be some interest -please ask away
My time is spent as follows:
Primary Fund DD / modelling / meetings / reference calls / legals - 50%
Annual LP meetings / travelling to meet FMs 20%
Coinvests / Secondaries opps analysis 25%
Boring admin shit 5%
I focus a lot of my attention on EM, but have also worked on mezz, us/eu buyout, frontier and growth capital so have a reasonable understanding across strategies
I'll assume the first question is comp so will get that out of the way....my base is £75k and bonus (excluding carry as we are not currently at our preferred return) was £30k - which I am told was very low compared to better years.