Willowridge is an experienced buyer of private equity and venture capital interests.

About Willowridge Partners

Willowridge Partners, Inc. is a secondaries firm dedicated to the purchase of interests in venture capital, buyout, mezzanine and other private capital funds and companies from existing investors seeking liquidity. Since 1995, Willowridge has raised nine funds with total committed capital of approximately $3.0 billion. We have completed over 750 transactions and have acquired interests in over 2,500 funds. Our most recent fund closed in 2023 with committed capital of $900 million.

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The private equity industry has continued to experience record growth, with assets under management reaching $11.7 trillion as of June 30, 2022, growing at an annual rate of nearly 20 percent since 2017.1 Private equity funds are typically structured as long-term, illiquid investments. However, some investors may seek liquidity from these funds prior to their termination. Investors may look to sell a single fund or a portfolio of funds to:

  • Revise portfolio strategy due to changes in ownership, regulatory requirements, or investment policies (such as alternative asset target allocation).
  • Protect returns by “locking in” an IRR as of the date of sale of the limited partnership interest.
  • Generate cash to reinvest in more strategic areas.
  • Ease the administrative burden and rationalize the holdings of relatively small positions in older partnerships.
  • Relieve future capital call requirements by transferring the unfunded commitment to a reliable investor.
  • Refocus private equity holdings on core relationships.
1 McKinsey Global Private Markets Review 2023

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