Each month, eVestment aggregates reported commitments from the public pension plan investors tracked by our market intelligence tool, Market Lens, to provide insights on the asset classes and fund managers to which and to whom these investors are committing capital.
With data through Q1-21 now collected, the March 2021 report highlighted a bumper quarter for private equity appetite from this investor group compared to Q1-20 – only to be outshone by private debt activity.
Diversity & inclusion initiatives are among the top priorities for fund managers in today’s private markets. In EY’s 2021 Global Private Equity Survey, over 70% of private equity managers surveyed said they have launched either documented or informal D&I initiatives.
Each year on April 22 we celebrate Earth Day, a day that serves primarily to bring attention to the impact that humans have on our planet and the importance of environmental protection.
Reducing carbon emissions is a consistent theme of Earth Day and we want to take the opportunity this year to highlight three pension plans that are working to do just that by expanding their allocations to renewable energy.
In this video we sit down with Sasha Jensen, founder & CEO of Jensen Partners to learn more about recent trends in private markets hiring and the progress being made on diversity and inclusion in the industry.
In this on-demand webcast we debrief public pension plan commitment activity through the first few months of the year, examine LP strategic plans for insights on how investors plan to commit capital through the rest of 2021, and explore consultant outlooks to understand market sentiment on various private markets strategies.
Released last week by eVestment, Consultant Outlooks: 2021 is an aggregated look the capital markets assumptions compiled from six industry consultants. Aon, Callan, Meketa, NEPC, Verus, and Wilshire. Sourced from eVestment Market Lens from December 2020 through February 2021, the data offers a look into what these six top consultants expect to see in the private markets.
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.
2020 proved to be a mixed bag for the private markets in terms of fundraising. While some asset classes thrived, others struggled mightily to deal with the impact of the pandemic. Within private debt, so called dislocation funds saw a surge in interest as LPs looked for opportunistic investment opportunities.
According to the year-end edition of our eVestment Private Markets Monthly Monitor, private debt saw $33.7 billion in reported commitments from 79 different public pension plans in 2020, a 31% increase from the segment’s final 2019 figure. The 2020 total was comprised of 319 commitments representing a 46% increase compared 2019.
Our newly published report, detailing commitments reported by public pension plans to private funds through 2020, uncovers that 120 plans reported commitments of $83.1 billion to private equity funds in the year. The total represents a 20% increase from the 2019 full year figure and shows that institutional investors were able to adapt to digital due diligence and push forward with commitment pacing plans.