LPs Backing Out on Funds

Over the last few months, I’ve talked with several VC fund managers who’ve experienced fundraising from limited partners taking longer than planned. These aren’t emerging managers. They’ve established themselves with previous funds that returned capital to their limited partners. But as the public market and other asset prices have come down, limited partners have been slower to commit to making new investments.

Today I heard another story: limited partners who’ve signed paperwork and committed to investing in a VC fund reneging. They will no longer provide any capital to the VC fund. Notably, these limited partners are individuals, not large institutions.

This is just one story from one fund manager. I imagine it’s the exception rather than the norm, but it’s something I plan to watch closely. If this starts happening more often, emerging managers and the founders they back will likely be hit hardest.