SWIB establishes guidelines for its private equity portfolio

The US public pension defines new private equity guidelines and allocates over $1.1bn in commitments.

Institution: State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Headquarters: Madison, US
AUM: $157.9 billion
Allocation to alternatives: 17.8%

State of Wisconsin Investment Board has outlined general guidelines for its private equity portfolio following the September board meetings.

Under the new general guidelines:


  • The private equity portfolio shall not include investments in venture capital funds; commitment to VC funds will need to follow the venture capital investment guidelines.
  • Investment may be made through funds, strategic partnerships or co-investments alongside funds with the same sponsor or manager.
  • Aggregate exposure to any investments or manager must not exceed 10 percent of the private equity portfolio without the approval of the ED/CIO.
  • The PE portfolio investments outside of the US should not exceed 45 percent. Moreover, no more than 20 percent of the portfolio may be invested in emerging markets.

Also in the meeting, SWIB disclosed over $1.1 billion-worth of private equity commitments. The commitments comprise:

The current private equity allocation for the $157.9 billion US public pension stands at 11.3 percent, which falls in line with the policy target range of 8-14 percent. Illustrated below is SWIB’s private equity portfolio approval guidelines, investment portfolio composition and recent fund commitments.

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