Below are excerpts from an anonymous audience poll conducted in May at the annual European Private Equity Investor Relations Forum, held in London and sponsored by PEI Manager. Voting was done via individual wireless handsets for each delegate, who responded to questions projected on a screen at the front of the room.
Eighty-six percent of the delegates had responsibilities for marketing/communications, investor relations or both. The largest contingent of delegates, 29 percent, came from ?other? private equity firms, such as mezzanine, distressed and real estate firms, while 27 percent were from fund of funds and 25 percent from buyout firms. A vast majority of the delegates were from firms with more than 15 professionals. Interestingly, 45 percent of respondents had been in their role for only 1 to 2 years, followed by 29 percent, who had been in their role for over five years.
A full version of the results was made available to the delegates.
A North American counterpart of this forum will be held on June 19th and 20th in New York.