According to U.S. securities law, only accredited investors may invest in private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, and private placements. Regulation D, Rule 501 of the Securities Act of 1933 states the accredited investor definition as: (a) an individual (or married couple) whose (joint) net worth exceeds $1 million, excluding the value of the primary residence; or
In the world of middle-market buyouts, non-traditional funds (or fund-like groups) are playing an increasingly active role in the private equity domain. They include fundless sponsors, family offices, and even limited partners making direct investments in businesses. In this article, we will explore differences between fundless sponsors and more traditionally structured private equity funds.