In an HFM article on the increasing popularity of hybrid public/private funds, partner Benjamin Kozinn of the Investment Management group discusses how to structure these funds and their fees, as well as how to mitigate compliance risks. “One approach is to have opt-in opt-out structures where the investor elects whether they want to allocate a portion of their capital (e.g., 10%, 20%) to privates. In the opt-in/out model, whether you actually invest in privates becomes a function of how many people opted in or opted out,” Kozinn says. He adds that one common approach with these funds is to charge a lower management fee and a higher incentive fee: “Maybe you don’t have to worry about portfolio risk management every day as you would with public markets, but the costs and the complexity of private investments can be higher than public investments.” Kozinn also warns of possible MNPI (Material Nonpublic Information) issues with these structures: “If a private company you are invested in is getting bought by a public company, or it is entering into a significant commercial arrangement with a public company, the manager is potentially walking into MNPI problems if you don’t have a physical separation and appropriate information barriers between the private and public investment teams.” (subscription required to access article)