The secondary market began in the 1980’s as a method to provide liquidity to investors in illiquid private equity and other pools of alternative assets. Secondary funds build exposure to illiquid portfolios by acquiring existing positions in single funds or a portfolio of funds from limited partners (“LPs”) seeking early liquidity often at a discount to recent valuations. Investors in these secondary funds find this dynamic attractive as a method to rapidly build up exposure to seasoned positions in private equity and other alternatives in a highly diversified manner all while potentially exhibiting shorter duration and low correlation to their existing portfolio.
This market has grown and matured at a shocking pace over the past few decades to now be considered a differentiated investment strategy for investors as well as a regular portfolio management tool to rebalance alternatives exposures and either reallocate proceeds into newer fund vintages or lock in realized gains. Originally viewed as a nascent industry only needed during periods of distress and significant market volatility, it has grown into a more institutionalized market covering generally every alternative category.
Today’s secondaries transactions cover more traditional private equity, venture capital and hedge fund structures as well as more esoteric illiquid investments such as private debt, music royalties, and direct / co-investments.
As the secondary industry and market have grown significantly in size, so have the use of innovative and complex strategies employed by various participants to provide new flavors of exposure including GP led transactions, preferred instruments and fund restructurings.
3:00 PM | REGISTRATION & CHECK IN
3:30 PM | OPENING REMARKS
3:35 PM | KEYNOTE SPEAKER
4:05 PM | PANEL DISCUSSION
4:50 PM | Q&A
5:00 PM | BREAK
5:15 PM | PANEL DISCUSSION
6:05 PM | Q&A
6:15 PM | BREAK
6:30 PM | PANEL DISCUSSION
7:15 PM | Q&A
7:30 PM | CLOSING REMARKS
7:35 PM | NETWORKING & CATERED RECEPTION
- Understand the meteoric rise of interest in secondaries.
- Understand how asset owners are approaching the secondary market either as a tool for portfolio rebalancing or return optimization in addition to investing in secondary managers to generate attractive returns in a seemingly uncorrelated manner.
- Understand how secondary managers are finding opportunities in a maturing market by use of size and scale as well as innovative and differentiated strategies.
- Learn about new innovations in the secondary market which have the potential to disrupt and shift the market over the next few years.