28 December 2014

Private Equity getting less 'Private'

I always argued that Private Equity was anything but private. The funds were managed on behalf of the Public who was invested in the funds via fiduciaries in the large pension funds, insurance companies and private banks. That the industry is only now paid more attention (Enter the Secret Garden of Private Equity, NY Times) by the regulators is indicative of the fact that no investor should ever rely on bureaucrats to protect his interests. So the blame should really be laid at the door of the supposed 'fiduciaries' who were - and to a large extent - still are asleep on the watch. Should they not have long ago raised all the points about expenses, fees, performance calculations, conflicts of interest etc.?