The investors you need to meet
We’ve spent the last few months speaking with dozens of market sources to find out the LPs willing to look at investment opportunities most won’t give a second glance. These are not risk-takers for the sake of it, they’re investors who stand out to us – and the market – for their thoughtfulness, market knowledge and willingness to consider outside-the-box opportunities. If you have a great idea for a new-age private equity fund with innovative terms and an ultra-niche strategy, try one of these eight investors.
Abraaj exec pleads guilty
Former Abraaj senior exec Mustafa Abdel-Wadood pleaded guilty to racketeering and fraud charges at a hearing in New York on Friday. Reading from a prepared statement, Abdel-Wadood said Abraaj was facing severe liquidity issues as early as 2014. He admitted to lying to investors about Abraaj’s financial health and overstating its track record. Abdel-Wadood will return to court just after Christmas; founder Arif Naqvi’s London extradition trial is set for February.
Cast your ballot
Now open: the Operational Excellence Awards 2019 for GPs with recent exits worth shouting about. In their eighth year, and with last year’s winners including everything from a premium pet food manufacturer to a struggling Spanish data centre operator, the awards are the perfect way for firms to demonstrate their value-creation credentials and highlight the good work done over the last 12 months.
Single-minded. Blackstone has become the latest blue-chip firm to tap the secondaries market. The firm is working with advisor Park Hill to lift one asset – Phoenix Tower International – out of its 2012-vintage Tac Opps fund into a continuation vehicle backed by secondaries capital. With more than $600 million in NAV at stake, the deal could prove to be one of the largest transactions of its kind. Not everyone’s convinced so-called “single-asset restructurings” are a good idea, mind.
LP meetings. It’s quiet on the LP meetings front this week as it’s Fourth of July (Happy Independence Day, y’all!) If you’re looking to get ahead on meetings for the summer, try out our new Investor Calendar widget on our homepage, which links to a 12-month view of board meetings, investor committee meetings and annual report release dates. To add your institution’s meetings to the calendar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kentucky’s portfolio. Kentucky Retirement Systems has agreed to commit $75 million to MiddleGround Capital Fund I, a debut North America-focused buyout fund. Here’s a breakdown of the $18 billion US pension’s investment portfolio. For more information on KRS, as well as more than 6,700 other institutions, check out the PEI database.
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