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Secondary Market Insights

As we step into the heart of March, the financial landscape is pulsating with energy and possibilities, particularly within the dynamic realm of the secondary market.


In this ever-evolving space, different research and sources are our guiding compass. For one, this Jefferies report unveils insights that promise to reshape perspectives and spark new strategies.


Here's a summary of key insights from the Jefferies Global Secondary Market Review for January 2024:


Market Overview:

  • The global secondary market witnessed a 4% increase in volume in 2023, reaching $112 billion, fueled by improved pricing and a heightened demand for liquidity.

  • LP volume saw a 7% rise to $60 billion, while GP-led volume remained steady at $52 billion compared to 2022.


  • Average pricing for LP portfolios rebounded to 85% of NAV, marking a 400 bps increase from 2022, driven by the upswing in public markets.

  • Buyout funds were priced at 91% of NAV, while venture funds lagged behind at 68% of NAV.

LP Market:

  • Pensions/sovereigns dominated as the largest sellers, contributing to 62% of the volume as they pursued liquidity.

  • Deal sizes grew, with 19 transactions surpassing $1 billion, accounting for 60% of LP volume.

  • Newer fund vintages were strategically sold to minimize discounts.

GP-Led Market:

  • GP-led volume experienced a surge in the second half of 2023, reaching $34 billion, propelled by innovative secondary fund strategies.

  • Multi-asset continuation funds claimed a majority share at 59% of the volume, reflecting GPs' efforts to enhance portfolio liquidity.

  • Buyout exposures remained at approximately 75% of GP-led volume, with venture/growth comprising around 15%.


  • A robust fundraising environment, with $84 billion raised, and an overhang of $255 billion in available capital position the market for a potential record volume exceeding $130 billion in 2024.

  • Anticipation of an increase in multi-billion dollar deals as large LPs and GPs actively engage in the market.

News Lately


- According to Venture Capital Journal, British International Investment and Blue Earth Capital are pioneering a groundbreaking secondaries transaction aimed at attracting new investors to the impact space. New Private Markets reported that Blue Earth is developing a secondaries strategy for its upcoming third pooled fund. The fund has already finalized its inaugural deal by acquiring a portfolio of impact fund stakes from BII.


- Coller Capital is introducing the Coller Secondaries Private Equity Opportunities Fund (C-SPEF) designed for accredited high-net-worth investors. Scheduled to open for investment in April 2024, the fund offers a diverse portfolio and distinct liquidity options, providing individual investors with a unique entry into private equity secondaries. C-SPEF aims to deliver appealing returns and has waived its management fee for the initial year, presenting a fresh opportunity for individuals to engage in private equity investments.


- Buyout Insider reports that Pomona Capital is aiming to secure $3 billion for its 11th flagship secondaries fund, Pomona Capital XI. This marks a $400 million increase from its previous fund, which closed at $2.6 billion in 2020. The strategy involves targeting 30 to 40 secondaries transactions from funds that are five to seven years into their life and are between 70 percent and 90 percent funded. Fund XI is set to maintain a targeted buy list of 15 funds per quarter.


- Investment firm Argentem Creek Partners collaborates with Emerge9 Inc., an alternative asset platform, to establish a strategic joint venture centered on linking non-institutional investors with GP-led private equity investments. This collaboration will integrate Emerge9's origination and customized fund solutions with ACP's extensive global relationships and presence in the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

We will continue to post on secondary topics in the future.

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