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Secondary Platform

We are a leader in private equity secondary investments and leverage our integrated platform and the global resources of Neuberger Berman to provide creative liquidity solutions to a diverse range of investors in an illiquid asset class

The Secondary Principals who founded the secondary business at Neuberger Berman began investing in the secondary market in 1991 and have worked together for over 20 years and have nearly 70 years of cumulative investing experience.


Investment Focus

Private Equity Limited Partnerships

We acquire private equity assets across strategies—buyout, growth equity, distressed, special situations, mezzanine, venture—geographies and vintages from all types of sellers, including pension plans, endowments, financial institutions, family offices and high net worth individuals. We are focused on small- to mid-sized transactions, but have the capabilities to evaluate and execute large portfolio transactions.

Opportunistic Investments

In addition to our core focus on acquiring traditional limited partnership interests, we will also opportunistically acquire direct co-investments from investors seeking early liquidity, pursue portfolios of directs or “synthetic secondaries” and invest in structured secondary solutions, royalties, hedge fund side pockets and credit-related opportunities.

Emphasis on Fundamental Analysis

Our primary focus is on acquiring high quality private equity assets. The most important part of our analysis is the robust, bottom-up, company-by-company valuation and due diligence that we perform. In our due diligence process, we routinely leverage the insights of our primary and co-investment colleagues, as well as our relationships with leading private equity firms and Neuberger Berman’s research analysts and public equity and fixed income portfolio managers.


Trusted and Preferred Partner for Secondary Sellers

We are always interested in learning more about specific issues facing investors in private equity and welcome the opportunity to engage in discreet, confidential dialogues with investors exploring liquidity alternatives. Our decades of collective experience combined with the unique resources of Neuberger Berman allow us to act as a trusted partner, helping private equity investors find liquidity solutions. As a part of Neuberger Berman Private Equity, a large investor in primary funds, we are positioned as a preferred secondary buyer with private equity firms, mitigating transfer and execution risks for sellers.


Creative Liquidity Alternatives and a Commitment to Finding the Right Solution

Selling private equity assets is a complicated process and many institutions want to not only maximize value, but also find a solution that can achieve other important objectives. We do not shy away from complex situations and our flexible approach and knowledge of the asset class enable us to tailor creative liquidity alternatives and move quickly to meet seller deadlines. We would welcome the opportunity to hear from you and learn more about your portfolio management and liquidity needs.

Additional Information

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