The case is designed to explore the structure and rationale behind the standard compensation arrangements in the private equity (PE) industry. It effectively introduces students to commonly used terms of limited partnership agreements (LPAs), such as fees, carried interest, and preferred terms or hurdle rates. The backdrop for the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund (OPERF) case is the changed market conditions following the 2007 financial crisis that spurred a reevaluation of the basic terms of LPAs across the PE industry. This case has been taught in a second-year elective course on entrepreneurial finance and private equity and would be suitable for similarly focused courses on venture capital, private equity, or entrepreneurship. The case can also be used in an investment class designed to explore private equity as an asset class.
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