Administration of private equity funds - Carried interests

Alternative investment funds remunerate their investment managers with a share of realised gain on their private equity investments on the basis of a required performance benchmark. Carried interest (partnership allocation) is considered as a tool to align the interests of both investors and investment managers.

Calculation methods are driven by private agreements and as some clauses or special considerations are unique to each fund, it is essential to understand the pitfalls and issues linked to its measurement.

PwC’s Academy is pleased to offer a training workshop dedicated to understanding the principles of carried interest calculation and to provide the opportunity to go through exercises and analysis of the most commonly used models.

Duration: 4h

Language: Available in English

Number of participants: up to 15

Available under intra-company course (i.e. dedicated session)




By the end of this training, the participants will be able to:

  • distinguish and understand the different methods/models of carried interest calculation; 
  • use classic carried interest schemes model in Excel; 
  • identify the potential issues and monitor the risks linked to specific clauses in the carried interest specifications; 
  • perform validation checks on carried interest calculation.


1. Definition of main carried interest concepts and structure:

  • Principles of waterfall allocation
  • Hurdle rate and IRR calculation
  • Determination of preferred return and catch-up

2. Modelling of carried interest waterfalls based on real life example

3. Description of usual specific clauses and their calculation impact:

  • Deal-by-deal models
  • Claw-back and escrow clause
  • Variable hurdle and catch-up rates

Target audience

  • Fund service providers (fund accounting, client relationship managers, etc.)
  • Fund promoters

Our lead experts

This training is coordinated by Déborah Prijot, Partner at PwC Luxembourg.

Déborah is a partner in the audit department. Since joining PwC in 2005, she has gained experience in different industries. In particular, she has developed strong skills in auditing alternative investment funds (including debt funds, infrastructure funds and fund of funds).

She is actively supporting PwC Luxembourg 's alternative group. She is currently focused on private equity clients through the audit of several private equity funds and structures organised under various legal forms.

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Contact details

PwC's Academy, Crystal Park Building, PwC Luxembourg

Tel: +352 49 48 48 4040

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