What is a primary investment?

A primary fund investment is an investment in a venture, buyout, credit, or other private markets fund at the time it is being raised.

Our approach to primary investments

We believe our global platform leads to enhanced identification and selective sourcing. Our relationships and experience provide access and allocation to sought-after managers, as well as our ability to identify and select next-generation managers. As a result, we believe our primary fund investment portfolios offer our investors access to some of the world’s most attractive private market opportunities.




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Investors: Why consider HarbourVest?

Primary investments have been a part of our strategy since the firm’s earliest days. HarbourVest’s depth of experience that comes from building relationships with and evaluating fund managers continuously for over four decades. When investors want access to high quality, differentiated private markets opportunities, a global partner with local expertise, and established success, they turn to HarbourVest. When fund managers seek a long-term partner who not only can serve as a vital source of capital, but also a trusted advisor, they look to HarbourVest.

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Continuation solutions encompass a host of transaction types in which a GP secures interim liquidity and/or additional primary capital for their LPs in a strongly performing asset, or set of assets, that the GP will continue to own and control. Specifically, they include continuation funds, new funds created by GPs for the purpose of acquiring the asset(s) that continue to be managed by the same GP and capitalized by one or several secondary buyers, or equity recapitalizations involving a direct equity or structured equity investment into a portfolio company. These transactions can also include a parallel investment from the GP’s latest fund into that same pool of assets (a “cross-fund trade”).