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Directs

We have been an active and global direct minority equity investor since 2010. We support private equity fund managers by providing equity capital to complete the acquisition of portfolio companies, follow-on capital to complete transformational acquisitions or partial liquidity for existing portfolio companies to facilitate longer holding periods.

14-year

track record

USD 8bn

of commitments

>200

assets acquired

What we do

We provide comprehensive equity capital solutions to private equity fund sponsors and their portfolio companies. In many transactions, we act as a co-underwriter alongside fund managers and their deal teams, which adds significant value to their bidding process and allows us to secure larger allocations to transactions. We also offer alternative and targeted liquidity solutions for their existing portfolio companies through our direct secondaries activities.

For our clients, we strive to construct well-diversified and resilient portfolios by focusing on mid-market transactions characterized by favorable deal dynamics with visibility on value creation and downside mitigation. As we typically invest without any fees at the underlying transaction level, we can achieve an optimized level of fee efficiency for our investors.

Our approach – why partner with us

Our large network of relationships with private equity managers fosters continuous and attractive direct investment deal flow. This allows us to be highly selective − choosing only the most attractive opportunities that we identify through our rigorous due diligence process. With our competitive strategy and demonstrated track record across market cycles, we are differentiated especially due to our:

  • Access to direct investments – As an important global private equity investor, we are often a preferred minority capital provider for general partners. This opens up many hard-to-access opportunities.
  • Proven execution skills – We are used to conducting thorough due diligence under tight timelines, which has helped us achieve a competitive market position in recent years.
  • Expertise in direct equity secondaries – As a direct minority investor, we can work with fund managers to provide them with alternative liquidity when a full sale is not the best option. Focusing on companies that we have been tracking for a long time, we can also support their transformational value creation by providing capital to finance new acquisitions.

Team – a large, global platform with dedicated professionals

Our Direct investment team comprises more than 30 dedicated professionals across our investment hubs in Europe, the US and Asia. Our diverse team of professionals brings together specialists with a variety of backgrounds from more than ten different nations.

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David Andryc

Partner

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Doug Coulter

Partner

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Tommaso Crackett

Principal

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John Crouchley

Principal

Hellmann_Andreas

Andreas Hellmann

Partner

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Wolfgang Müller

Partner

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Philippe Schneitter

Partner

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Natalie Sediako

Principal

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Relationships with thousands of managers and insights into tens of thousands of companies

"Working as part of the global LGT Capital Partners team, we benefit from a differentiated vantage point when sourcing and underwriting direct investments. I am based in our New York office and interact with team members in Europe and Asia-Pacific on a daily basis. I have seen firsthand the advantage of our collaborative culture both when performing due diligence on investments and when sourcing new opportunities. As part of the broader LGT Capital Partners platform, our team has relationships with thousands of managers and insights into tens of thousands of companies across the globe. Our deep understanding of sponsors and their portfolios allows us to provide a variety of unique direct investment solutions, even within short timelines."

Caroline Bliss

Executive Director

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Ability to constantly innovate and diversify the range of solutions

"When I joined LGT Capital Partners, we were just starting our direct investment activities. It has been amazing to witness the development of the firm since 2008. It has also been incredibly exciting to help build up our direct investment practice together with loyal and committed colleagues and to create what is now one of the leading global platforms for minority direct investments. With our ability to constantly innovate and diversify the range of solutions we provide to the private equity community, we are very well positioned for the future."

Andreas Hellmann

Partner

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Focus on the personal development of every employee

"I joined the Direct Investments team through LGT Capital Partners‘ Analyst Program. Right from the start, I was involved in complex transactions while receiving dedicated training to further sharpen my skills. The focus on the personal development of every employee is a cornerstone of LGT Capital Partners’ team culture and has continued throughout my tenure at the firm. I am proud of our team spirit, our unique corporate culture and the clear commitment to helping people grow and benefit from long-term career prospects."

Christian Sgier

Associate Director