Portfolio Advisors closes $1.22bn Fund VIII

The Connecticut-based fund of funds, which makes primary, secondaries investments and co-investments, had an initial target of $900m.

Portfolio Advisors has reached final close on its eighth flagship vehicle on $1.22 billion. The fund of funds, which had an initial target of $900 million, was oversubscribed, the firm said.

Investors included private and public pension plans, university endowments, private foundations, insurance companies, family offices and high net worth individuals. The Louisiana State Police Retirement System, El Paso City Employees' Pension Fund, and the Colcom Foundation committed to the fund. 

About 70 percent of total limited partner commitments to Portfolio Advisors Private Equity Fund VIII (PAPEF VIII) came from investors who had invested in one or more Portfolio Advisors funds in the past. 

PAPEF VIII, which launched in March 2013 according to an initial filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, has been making commitments to primary funds, purchasing direct secondary fund interests and participating in co-investment since its first close in 2013, according to the firm. It held a close on $609.5 million in November 2015. 

The eighth fund allowed investors to elect sector allocations from global buyout, US mid-market buyout, Europe and Asian middle-market buyout, global venture capital, global special situations, secondaries, and US mid-market co-investments, according to a spokesperson. 

The firm's previous fund of funds, PAPEF VII, held a final close on $1.09 billion in 2013. The vehicle was launched in 2011, with multiple closings from 2012 to 2013. Old Dominion University, Watson-Brown Foundation, Colcom Foundation, Healthcare Georgia Foundation, and The Helis Foundation were investors in that fund, according to PEI Research & Analytics.