Macquarie to take private equity fund into Asia

Macquarie is set to expand its Global Private Equity Securities Fund into a number of Asian countries — a year after its launch as Australia’s “first unlisted global private equity fund, with liquidity”.

Private equity divisional director Robert Credaro said Macquarie was in well-advanced launch discussion with a number counterparties and partners in various (unnamed) countries in ASIA.

“Hopefully, before the end of this year we will have at least a couple of stand-alone MGPESF funds available in Asia,” he said.

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The fund, which is purposely designed to enable planners to give clients access to private equity via master trust and wrap platforms, has already been launched in the UK.

He said the expansion into Asia was motivated by the both the growth in FUM, which has doubled in size to almost $25 million since its launch, and the returns performance.

For the year to June 30 this year, MGPESF has returned 24.72 per cent after fees, and 20.18 per cent since inception on April 18 last year.

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