Private Wealth

Local Investor Demand for Private Capital Continues to Rise

July 08, 2021
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  • Strong interest from Australian investors sees Hamilton Lane’s local fund expand to AUD $680M
  • Global Private Assets Fund has generated overall returns for investors of more than 28%* In the two years since inception

Sydney – Australian investors are increasingly seeking growth opportunities outside listed stocks, notes Hamilton Lane (NASDAQ: HLNE), one of the world’s largest private capital investors. 

Increased interest from high-net-worth Australians, family offices and endowments in private capital assets has resulted in the growth of the Hamilton Lane Global Private Assets Fund (AUD) (hereinafter, “GPA”) to $A680 million AUD over the year through 30 April 2021.

Hamilton Lane this month marked the two-year milestone of GPA, with a cumulative return of 28.6%* since inception in June 2019.  

James Martin, Hamilton Lane’s Australian Country Head and Head of Business Development for APAC, said Australia’s private wealth industry has been receptive to opportunities in private markets and is seeking access to a diversified range of alternative investments.

“While private equity has long been accessible to large institutional investors, for HNW investors, access to the asset class has been challenging. The lack of liquidity and high minimum investment amounts required have added complexity. Through GPA we’re able to provide investors with a set of institutional-quality transactions that were previously difficult for individuals to access,” he said.   

Hamilton Lane CEO Mario Giannini added: “The opportunity set in the private markets has expanded significantly in the past several years, while the number of public companies has decreased. 

“At the same time, innovative private markets solutions are now accessible to a broader set of investors.”

He said: “We see private wealth investors in Australia and around the world adding private markets to their portfolios to gain exposure to these high-quality, high-growth private companies.”

Local growth forecast to continue

In addition to the diversification benefits provided by non-public assets, Mr Martin said local investors were also attracted by opportunities to invest in emerging companies with high growth potential. 

“Uptake from leading research houses and platforms in the region has been strong, and we are now seeing growing interest from financial advisors and asset advisory consultants, who are seeking to add expertise in this area and offer this asset class to their more aspirational investor clients.”

Global Private Assets Fund hits two-year milestone 

GPA focuses on investments in buyouts (69%*), venture capital/growth equity (15%*) and private credit investments (16%*); and diversified across industries including healthcare (24%*), industrials (26%*), information technology (19%*) and financials (13%*). 

GPA has a ‘Recommended’ rating from both Lonsec and Zenith. 

GPA is available on most major platforms, including BT Panorama, HUB24, IOOF, Macquarie Wrap, Mason Stevens and MLC Wrap, among others.

The Australian private capital industry is estimated to have some $77 billion in assets under management.

About Hamilton Lane

Hamilton Lane (NASDAQ: HLNE) is a leading private markets investment management firm providing innovative solutions to sophisticated investors around the world. Dedicated exclusively to private markets investing for 30 years, the firm currently employs approximately 450 professionals operating in offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Hamilton Lane has approximately $719 billion in assets under management and supervision, composed of approximately $88 billion in discretionary assets and approximately $631 billion in advisory assets, as of March 31, 2021. Hamilton Lane specializes in building flexible investment programs that provide clients access to the full spectrum of private markets strategies, sectors and geographies. For more information, please visit www.hamiltonlane.com or follow Hamilton Lane on Twitter: @hamilton_lane.

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*As of 30 April 2021

This release is provided for general information purposes only and is not to be construed as solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any financial product. Accordingly reliance should not be placed on this document as the basis for making an investment, financial or other decisions. This information does not take into account your investment objectives, particular needs or financial situation. A Product Disclosure Document (PDS) issued by The Trust Company (RE Services) Limited ABN 45 003 278 831, AFSL 235150 as responsible entity of the Hamilton Lane Global Private Assets Fund (AUD) ARSN 631 635 393 (Fund) dated 16 April 2021 is available for the Fund. You should obtain and consider the PDS for the Fund before deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold, an interest in the Fund. Applications for units in the Fund can only be made pursuant to the application form attached to the PDS. 

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