Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) announced today that it has held the final close of Ashbridge Transformational Secondaries Fund II (Ashbridge II) at $2.5 billion of total capital commitments. The amount represents nearly four times of that raised in the predecessor fund, Ashbridge Transformational Secondaries Fund I (Ashbridge I), which closed in 2018 at $675 million. Ashbridge II is one of the largest funds raised to date that is focused exclusively on single asset GP-led continuation vehicles. Investors include a sophisticated group of public and private pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, non-profits, fund of funds, family offices and high net worth individuals from around the world.
Part of MSIM’s $200 billion alternative investments business, Ashbridge II seeks to invest in the highest performing assets in middle market private equity funds, providing general partners with additional time and capital to execute on their value creation strategy, and giving limited partners the option to take liquidity or maintain their exposure and capture potential upside.
“The secondaries market has more than tripled in size since 2011, with GP-led secondaries representing approximately half of the market as sponsors seek solutions for longer hold periods, duration mismatch between investors, and additional capital to effectively implement value creation strategies,” said Nash Waterman, Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley Private Equity Secondaries. “With Ashbridge II, we are pleased to provide well-performing middle market private equity sponsors a tailored solution for their highest conviction assets that seeks to enhance alignment and optimize outcomes for all stakeholders.”
Commenting on Ashbridge II, David N. Miller, Managing Director and Head of Morgan Stanley Private Credit & Equity, said: “With more than $40 billion of assets under management across private credit and equity strategies, we provide liquidity to the alpha rich middle-market segment. Ashbridge II is emblematic of the breadth of solutions we provide to enable investors access to private markets in accordance with their risk, return, duration and liquidity needs. We have committed $3.6 billion in GP-led single assets secondary transactions since 2006 and we are pleased that our investors have trusted us to deploy their capital through this strategy.”
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