As a leading source of data and analytics for the private markets, eVestment Private Markets works with hundreds of GPs and LPs during their respective fundraising and fund investing processes. In doing so, we gain a unique perspective on both sides of the equation, and in today’s volatile fundraising environment, this insight is more important than ever.
Working with private markets consultants undoubtedly adds an extra layer of time and effort to the fundraising process for fund managers, but the fact remains that winning the approval of these gatekeepers is key to cultivating relationships with many of the top institutional investors in the market.
Launching, or closing out a capital raise in the coming year may seem daunting, but with the right insights, preparation, and planning you can maximize the likelihood of success for your firm. This mini-guide is designed to provide key insights on some of the ways an emerging GP can research the investor and consultant market to maximize their chances of closing new commitments.
In this edition of The Top Quartile: In Conversation, Katey Bogue welcomed John Kim of venture capital firm General Catalyst into the studio for a conversation about investor relations, the role of content in venture capital, and the next frontier for LP/GP relations.
Nasdaq Private Fund Solutions recently published the Nasdaq Private Fund Trends Report 21/22 which explores the top private markets themes from 2021 as well as public pension plan commitment activity from across the various private markets asset classes.
The report highlights the top GPs and LP allocators from the year while also delivering forward-looking insights on private markets fundraising in 2022.
Here are three key takeaways.
Katey Bogue, Head of Private Fund Solutions at Nasdaq, recently sat down with Shar Kassam, COO of Nasdaq Asset Owner Solutions, for a conversation about emerging managers in the private markets. Shar previously served as Deputy CIO at Texas ERS where she conducted due diligence for manager recommendations in public equity, private equity, and hedge funds, including those that were part of pension plan’s emerging manager program.
Nasdaq is proud to announce that qualifying investors can now receive free access to private fund manager diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) data via the Nasdaq eVestment platform. The release of this data will increase transparency for asset owners who are increasingly looking for visibility into the DEI efforts of private fund managers, enabling them to view DEI data firm-by-firm.
Allocations from public pension plans to private equity funds stayed strong in 2021 with over $84.3 billion in reported commitments. While the total came in just under the $85.3 billion reported in 2020, the number of commitments reported increased 13%, from 1,063 to 1,197. Allocations were reported from 146 allocators in 2021, a 5% increase from the previous year signaling that plans who sat out the 2020 vintage are returning to the market and putting capital to work in the asset class.
In December 2021, users of Market Lens accessed 2,370 unique private equity and private debt documents. Market Lens is a searchable database of intelligence, documents, and mandates from more than 8,000 public and corporate pension plans. Investment recommendations were the most popular type of document and represented 31.6% of all document views in the month.
According to confirmed data and projections from Nasdaq eVestment, 133 buyout funds will be in market fundraising for a first close between Q1 and Q4 2022. Data on confirmed funds is sourced from fundraising GPs and trusted media outlets while projected funds are determined using proprietary analysis of historical vintage year, fund size, and commitment pacing data.