2020 Private Equity Compensation Report Released

Private Equity Compensation Report Uncovers New Pay Levels

The data was collected. The numbers were crunched. The results are in.

The 2020 Private Equity and Venture Capital Compensation Report demonstrates that the private equity and venture capital markets are continuing to enjoy increases in compensation that, based on the data, are likely to continue.

The Report is based on compensation data collected directly from hundreds of private equity and venture capital partners and employees, from firms both large and small. We’re confident this report will give you what you need whether you are negotiating your own compensation package or setting benchmarks for your firm’s compensation policies.

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The Report addresses core compensation topics, much more than just cash compensation.

Some of the big questions answered in this analysis include:

  • What are the compensation averages and ranges by title?
  • What is the balance between base vs. bonus payouts?
  • Which titles earn the most and how has their comp changed?
  • How does fund size and performance affect pay?
  • How is carried interest shared by level and experience?

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The “New Normal” is in Full Swing

Years ago, the upside in private equity was achieved primarily through financial leverage… LBO’s were the key to return on investment. Today, with aging portfolios, firm’s are focusing on the long term success of portfolio companies. Firms are assembling appropriate capital structures and teams to execute a long term growth plan.

Deal structure is only the beginning. The combination of cost savings from operational improvements and increased top line performance result in tremendous margin growth and increases in company value.

Bring on the Talent War

With plenty of investment reserves at the larger firms and the clock ticking on the time frame to make investments, firms are looking to put that money to work. This means more deals and greater demand for talent from both the investment and operational sides of the business.

We believe this is a sign of improvement in the private equity and VC markets and expect continued demand for junior level investment professionals and operational improvement players at the senior levels. Add to this that firms are now positioning to keep talented professionals from leaving for greener pastures, and an upward compensation trend will likely continue, even if overall economic conditions show only minor improvement.

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The Private Equity Compensation Report has grown to be the most comprehensive benchmark for private equity and venture capital compensation practices because the data comes directly from private equity professionals.

Some of the participating firms over the years include: Actis, American Capital, Bain Capital, Battery Ventures, BlackRock, Carlyle, Century Capital Management, Cerberus, Comcast Ventures, DuPont Capital Management, EdgeStone Capital Partners, GE, Highland Capital Partners, Hilco Consumer Capital, Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, North Atlantic Capital, RBS, Safeguard Scientifics, SV Life Sciences, Siemens Venture Capital, and Wellington Partners.

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