Drew is a Vice Chairman, Head of Investment Strategy and Head of Direct Equity Investments at Hamilton Lane. As Vice Chairman and Head of Investment Strategy, he is responsible for implementing executive-level initiatives while maintaining broader leadership responsibilities across the firm’s global investment platform. In his role as Head of Direct Equity Investments, Drew oversees the entirety of the direct equity platform, including strategy implementation, broader team management and all associated investment activities. Drew has held a number of senior investment roles during his time at the firm, most recently as Co-Head of Investments and Co-Head of Direct Credit. He is a member of the Investment Committee as well as the Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2008, Drew focused on principal investing and advisory activities while at TCG Advisors, an Aerospace & Defense-focused merchant bank. Previously, he held positions with Holberg, Inc., a diversified private holding company, and began his career in investment banking at Banc of America Securities.
Drew received an M.B.A from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.S. in Economics from Cornell University.
The Middle Seat: A Compelling Time for Middle-Market Buyouts
In most contexts, the middle seat is perhaps one of the most loathed places to be. However, if you are facing an investable landscape filled with growing uncertainty – and are (finally) convinced that trying to time the market is a bad idea – then a heightened focus on the middle-market buyout segment may be warranted.
Predictably Unpredictable: Demystifying the Road Ahead
Co-Head of Investments Drew Schardt looks back at how we have fared with some of our predictions over the past couple of years and looks ahead to address what might yet be in store.
Does Private Equity Really Care About Interest Rates?
Listen as Drew Schardt takes us through his response to this timely topic.
On The Tape: Interview with Drew Schardt
In Drew Schardt's interview with On The Tape, he breaks down the opportunity set within today's private credit market, tackles private market valuations, and shares his view on the macro environment.
What's It Worth?
Perhaps the most frequently asked question in today’s private market realm: How much is it worth? Rather than get caught up in conjecture, let’s turn instead to our trusty data toolkit to shed some light on the topic.
State of the Private Markets
Hear from senior executives as they discuss current environment, private markets valuations, and what we believe are the two most attractive sectors today.
Today’s Markets: Loaded for Bear
Take a deep breath. As an investor, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by current market conditions complete with sharp daily swings in the public markets, pesky inflation issues, geopolitical uncertainties and a growing risk of recession on the horizon. But, remember, we all knew this day would have to come.
ThinkAdvisor: 8 Reasons Private Equity Deserves Advisors’ Attention
Here are eight reasons why private equity, and private markets, deserve advisors’ attention, as presented by Hamilton Lane’s Drew Schardt, head of global investment strategy, and Steve Brennan, managing director and member of the investment committee, in a recent webinar.
What Are LPs Talking About?
Just like our signature Market Overview, in this preview we will endeavor to provide unique data and valuable insights – albeit on a smaller scale. Specifically, we thought we would explore a few of the big topics that LPs can’t stop talking about, woven together with and supported by a few pieces of our proprietary data.
Inflation: We've Seen This Movie Before…Or Have We?
The timing and magnitude of interest rate increases are challenging to predict, especially amid some of the varying economic indicators policy makers must weigh. While the world’s central bankers will want to ensure that global economies do not “overheat,” they must also be mindful of the sensitive economic recovery underway. That’s a delicate balancing act – even in times when there’s not a pandemic variable at play.
That Escalated Quickly
Who knew that the comedic genius of Mr. Ron Burgundy would capture the spirit of a multifaceted topic so well? And what is that topic, you ask? Well, what is nipping at the heels of COVID, QAnon, SPACs and WFH as the most discussed subject? Inflation. And the escalation of chatter around rising prices doesn’t look like it will subside anytime soon.