The 2 and 20 fee structure is the way that most private equity firms are compensated. The 2 represents the 2% annual management fee on capital deployed that is used to pay salaries, cover overheads, and generally keep the lights on. The 20% represents the carry over a certain return threshold that the private equity firm gets to keep.
The middle market represent one-third of private sector GDP and employ approximately 25% of the total labor force. Yet, it is estimated 70% of mid market businesses can never be sold. Michael Nall, Founder of the AM&AA, provides his insight on this concerning statistic.
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Noah Rosenfarb, CPA/ABV/PFS has devoted his career to advising business owners on all things related to money. He is a Personal CFO and Holistic Wealth Coach at Freedom Business Advisors, which provides middle market business owners guidance on how to successfully transition out of the management and or ownership of their company. Mr. Rosenfarb is the author of EXIT: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise and co-hosts the Divestopedia podcast where he is both a contributor and Advisory Board member.
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