The collaboration between Ardian, a private investment firm, and iCapital, a worldwide FinTech platform advancing access and productivity in alternative investments for the asset and wealth management sectors, will offer wealth managers exposure to Ardian’s private market investments. Furthermore, iCapital solutions developed because of this collaboration will be accessible on Allfunds, a B2B WealthTech platform.
Ardian utilizes iCapital’s technology platform and structuring solutions to grant wealth managers and their customers’ direct exposure to Ardian’s profound private markets knowledge and experience and a package of alternative investment strategies, which are supported by a global network of 15 offices in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Wealth managers will have access to Ardian’s alternative investing methods, which include private equity, real estate, and private credit.
Erwan Paugam, Head of Private Wealth Solutions and Managing Director at Ardian, commented, “In 2020, we launched our Private Wealth Solutions initiative based on our conviction that alternative investment opportunities should be accessible to wealth managers and their private clients around the world. Joining forces with iCapital ensures that wealth managers can now seamlessly access our broad expertise in Private Equity, Real Assets and Private Credit investing. Through this partnership, we are combining iCapital’s innovative technology platform with our long-standing commitment to meet the evolving demands of the global wealth management community, to bring a leading solution to wealth managers and help their clients achieve their investment goals.”
Ardian’s investor base has traditionally included a significant portion of private wealth. Presently, this sector manages more than $8.3 billion in assets and has over 600 investors. Ardian has been creating innovative ways to give private customers and wealth managers better access to private market assets over the last three years, after the introduction of its Private Wealth Solutions subsidiary.
Ardian’s collaboration with iCapital emerges amid growing involvement in alternative investing from the international wealth management community and their customers, who have previously had very little access to appropriately structured alternative investing opportunities. Ardian has more than $141 billion in alternative assets under management and a long history as a private investment house. When making investing decisions, these investors increasingly emphasize ESG. For more than a decade, Ardian has been refining its approach to responsible investment, most notably through its yearly Secondaries portfolio ESG analysis. Ardian’s goal is to broaden its influence by evaluating GP practices and actively engaging with them to improve ESG integration in private investments.
Marco Bizzozero, Head of International at iCapital, stated, “Our mission is to solve the fundamental challenges of investing in private markets for wealth managers and their private clients. iCapital’s solutions help asset managers and wealth managers facilitate their clients’ access to the growth and diversification opportunities of private markets. This partnership represents another important milestone in our global expansion. We are very pleased to support Ardian’s commitment to bring attractive alternative investment opportunities to the wealth management channel globally and to help advisors and their clients achieve their investment objectives.”
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