The Economics of Private Equity

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This course will walk participants through the basics of the Private Equity asset class and the typical economic arrangements structured between Limited and General Partners and other parties. Participants will gain exposure to the standard flows of monies through the private equity investment process as well as ways to evaluate returns, overall performance and post-investment monitoring.

This course combines an essential extract of ILPA’s classroom curriculum and expert practitioner faculty with the ability for the participant to engage “anytime, anywhere” at their own pace and convenience via an individual, online guided learning journey.


This class is designed for those who are new to the private equity industry, professionals who are currently onboarding into roles working with Private Equity teams, or those who would benefit from a refresher on how the fundamental economics of the industry operate.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the lifecycle of private equity fund investments and the rationale for their economic structures
  • Decipher how profits are calculated and shared between General and Limited Partners and the history and motivations for doing so
  • Identify key sources of General Partner revenue and where to locate them in legal documents
  • Connect key terminology in the Limited/General Partner relationship and their impact on fund performance
  • Utilize performance indicators and benchmarking in performance evaluation
  • Monitor General Partner performance via the appropriate documents and processes

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