Hi all,
I'm an ESSEC Master student, currently a PE intern at Quilvest Capital Partners in Paris, and I am looking to launch a Search Fund in South-East Asia in the near future. The perspectives truly excite me, and I am eager to invest years of my life on this project.

Given my crippling student debt, I was curious to understand better how one finances the Search phase. Obviously, I cannot proceed with a self-funded Search Fund at this time, but I was curious about industry best practices for financing the Search. Assuming one doesn't have the resources to finance up to 2 years of Search, is he expected to take out a loan or is there an arrangement with the investors to support the Search efforts?

Looking forward to your insights, and thank you in advance for your indulgence!