Palico’s Diverse Membership is 35,000 Strong

Investors, PE Managers, Service Providers from Over 140 Countries

Some 33,469* private equity professionals from over 140 countries are members of Palico, making the platform the largest online private equity marketplace in the world. Some 7,670 investors (limited partners) are using the online marketplace to connect via smart devices on investments and commercial opportunities with 10,014 private equity investment managers (general partners) and 15,785 service providers. Overall membership has risen 84 percent in the past 12 months. Here we provide up-to-date breakdowns of Palico’s highly diverse membership of limited partners and general partners by type and geography.

Type and Geography of Palico LP Members

New and Traditional Investors Look for Partners

High net worth individuals (HNWIs), along with the entities that serve them – family offices, registered investment advisers and private banks – make up 26.4 percent of Palico’s limited partner membership, the largest single grouping, ahead of funds-of-funds at 24.7 percent, and pension funds and corporate investors – the latter are mostly private pension funds – at 13.2 percent. According to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently launched quarterly series, “Private Equity Fund Statistics,” no other identifiable group with more than $5 billion invested in private equity is increasing its investment in the asset class at a faster clip than HNWIs. In the three years between the first quarter of 2013 and the last quarter of 2015, the beneficial ownership of individuals (overwhelmingly HNWIs) in large private equity funds increased 53 percent to $130 billion from $85 billion. In terms of geographic breakdown, Asia-Pacific – which surpassed North America as the region that is home to the largest concentration of HNWIs this year – accounts for 15.6 percent of Palico LP membership, third behind respectively Europe at 33.2 percent and the U.S. and Canada at 34.1 percent.

Type and Geography of Palico GP Members

Managers Investing in Mature and Developing Markets Seek Connections

While Europe and the U.S./Canada region vie for the top spot when it comes to the principal investment focus of Palico’s general partner membership, the emerging markets are not far behind. Some 36.1 percent of general partner members invest principally in Europe, followed by the U.S. and Canada at 35.9 percent. But 28 percent of Palico’s GP membership is investing mainly in emerging market regions – Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. That translates into an exceptionally high presence of emerging market-focused general partners – some 2,803 individual members – compared to what’s found at both online and traditional venues (for the latter, think conferences) and helps make Palico’s marketplace an especially rewarding place to seek investment opportunity. Palico’s general partners are evenly spread between their four top areas of expertise, with Buyouts, Real Assets, Venture Capital and Growth strategies each accounting for roughly a fifth of investment managers’ focus. Real Assets – the second ranked area of expertise for Palico’s general partners – is noteworthy for the common themes of regular yield and inflation protection. Those are particularly popular characteristics among investors today. The sector covers energy, natural resources, infrastructure and real estate and is a microcosm of the diversity found on Palico.

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Palico saves members time and expense as they broaden their search for the right private equity partners. Via Palico’s online marketplace, private equity professionals connect quickly and efficiently, discovering and engaging on an exceptionally wide range of investment and commercial opportunities.

*An additional 1,531 individuals subscribe to the Palico News Application, bringing total membership to 35,000.


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