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1 Introduction to Private Investment Funds

From: The Law of Private Investment Funds (3rd Edition)

Timothy Spangler

From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 May 2024

Subject(s):
Hedge fund — Mutual funds — Private equity fund — Private fund

This chapter provides an introduction to private investment funds. It first considers the governance challenge in private investment funds that can be regarded as a need to improve the standard of corporate governance in the legal vehicles that comprise such funds. In particular, it examines the manner in which hedge funds and private equity funds affect the corporate governance of the portfolio companies in which they invest. The chapter proceeds by discussing governance issues arising from the use of partnerships vs. corporations as private fund vehicles, along with the consequences of governance failures and the function of private investment funds. It also analyses legal and regulatory issues surrounding the structuring and operations of private investment funds, the legal and fiduciary duties of the investment manager, and fiduciary duty in the financial services regulatory regime. Finally, it describes alternatives to centralised, top-down regulation of private investment funds.

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