A discussion of private equity as an asset class and its place within an alternative investment programme. Guidance on investment into funds, including a behind-the-scenes look at the relationship between the fund investor and the fund manager. Portfolio management of fund investments including the latest cash-flow models and their use to avoid liquidity squeezes and over-allocation. An examination of the different types of risks faced by private equity investors and how these can be minimised. An explanation of how investors can outsource these tasks - the relative merits of funds of funds and CFOs, listed products or secondary transactions. This is the first book to discuss the relationship between the limited partners and the general partner, providing an undisguised and independent look behind the scenes, and explain the core aspects of this industry from the perspective of two insiders. An indispensable reference for institutional practitioners and private equity lawyers, as well as students and academics who seek to understand the dynamics of the complex world of private equity.