Archive - May 2016
Revived focus on monitoring fees
This issue had died out for a while since the 2014 articles by Gregg Polsky and the NYT but is now back in full force. The Center for Economic and Policy Research (for short CEPR) just released a populist paper titled “Fees, Fees and More Fees: How Private Equity Abuses Its Limited Partners and U.S. Taxpayers.” In addition, Americans for Financial Reform addressed a similar letter to Jack Lew and John Koskinen. The spirit of these reports is basically a rehash of Mr. Polsky’s 2014 arguments. The gist of it is, bad private equity is abusing the law and hurting hard working...
May 13, 2016 read more
Temporary Regs Shut Down Partner-Employee Planning
In the investment fund and private M&A world it is very common to issue profits interest to key-men. In the investment fund context these could be top traders for example who share in the GP’s carry. In the private M&A context these would be non-founding member executive talent. Often these individuals would be perceived by the founders and other parties as employees but would be remunerated like partners. In fact, many times, individuals who were previously purely treated as employees are converted to profit interest members. That usually presents a predicament from a tax...
May 04, 2016 read more