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Welcome to the latest in a series of publications[1] in which we report to our extensive range of hedge, direct lending, credit, real estate and private equity manager clients our observations regarding market trends affecting private funds.

While our 2020 reports naturally focused upon trends arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, this report is written against a brighter backdrop. As you heard if you attended our (virtual) Private Investment Funds Seminar in January,[2] many of our clients weathered the storms of 2020 successfully, ending the year with positive returns and asset flows. Although the first quarter of 2021 again saw markets affected by social, economic and political uncertainty, with GameStop, Archegos and other public market developments causing pain for some, clients continue to pursue their investment programs and fundraising efforts with great vigor, and investors continue to see alternatives as a source of strong, risk-adjusted returns.

In this report, we again provide an updated view of market trends affecting private funds, based on our most recent experience advising clients across the private funds spectrum and our decades of experience serving the alternative investment management industry.

To request a copy of the full publication, please submit your request by clicking here.

Please see our other Schulte Roth & Zabel Alerts relevant to investment managers, posted on our COVID-19 Resource Center, available here.


This is a fast-moving topic and the information contained in this Publication is current as of the date it was published.

This communication is issued by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney-client relationship. In some jurisdictions, this publication may be considered attorney advertising. ©2021 Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Schulte Roth & Zabel International LLP.

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[1] See SRZ Publication, “Private Funds — Market Trends Report,” May 13, 2020, available here.

[2] See SRZ Press Release, “Schulte Roth & Zabel Presents Its 30th Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar,” Jan. 26, 2021, available here.