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Patrick Warren

Patrick Warren

Vice President, MSCI Research

Patrick’s research covers a broad range of topics across private market strategies, including performance, cash flow management and risk. He previously worked in commodity research at IHS Markit, and before that, as a research affiliate at MIT studying firm behavior. He holds a master’s degree from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, both in economics.

Research and Insights

Articles by Patrick Warren

    Inflating Returns with Subscription Lines of Credit

    5 mins read Blog | Jan 9, 2024 | Patrick Warren, Luis O’Shea

    The increased use of subscription lines of credit by general partners in some private-capital funds has lifted returns by squeezing the timeframe over which returns are calculated. We examine buyout, private-credit and real-estate funds to see where the greatest inflation lay.  

    Surveying the Medley of Sub Lines in Private Funds

    5 mins read Blog | Dec 5, 2023 | Patrick Warren

    Visibility on the use of subscription lines of credit is of key importance to limited partners in private funds. We examined a selection of real-estate, venture-capital and buyout funds to note some key differences between and within private-capital strategies. 

    A Question of Balance(s) in Subscription Lines of Credit

    5 mins read Blog | Sep 12, 2023 | Patrick Warren

    Amid the growing usage of sub lines across private capital funds, we explore how intensively funds draw on their sub lines — a critical determinant of how sub lines will affect internal rates of return.

    The Rise (and Rise) of Sub Lines in Private Capital

    6 mins read Blog | Jul 11, 2023 | Patrick Warren

    Private capital funds have grown increasingly comfortable utilizing subscription lines of credit, though usage varies. We examine their deployment across venture capital, buyout, real estate and debt funds. 

    Diversifying Away Cash Drag

    5 mins read Blog | Mar 29, 2023 | Patrick Warren, Luis O’Shea

    Constructing self-financing private-capital portfolios, where distributions exceed contributions, can simplify a limited partner’s liquidity-management strategy and reduce cash drag. How could diversification help investors in this effort? 

    How Accurate Are ‘Zombie’ Valuations?

    5 mins read Blog | Nov 29, 2022 | Patrick Warren

    Are general partners overstating zombie valuations, and thereby postponing eventual write-downs, or should LPs ultimately expect this capital to be distributed in full? We present evidence that zombie assets have been, on average, appropriately valued. 

    Where Have All the Cash Flows Gone?

    6 mins read Blog | Oct 11, 2022 | Patrick Warren, Luis O’Shea

    An assessment of private-market cash flows as of June 2022 indicates mixed signals for limited partners. The prudence of maintaining a diversified portfolio is as important as ever.

    Breaking Down Private-Debt Concentration

    2 mins read Quick Take | Apr 14, 2022 | Patrick Warren

    Analysis of the Burgiss Manager Universe revealed heavy concentration within private debt across rate structure, seniority and benchmark index. We break down the findings for investors.