When investors want access to high quality, differentiated private markets opportunities, a global partner with local expertise, and a firm with a proven track record of 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.
Primary investments have been a part of our strategy since the firm’s earliest days. We believe there is no replacement for the depth of experience that comes from building relationships with and evaluating fund managers continuously for over four decades. Through these years, our team has refined its knowledge and ability to assess strong primary investments on a global basis.
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Investors: Why consider HarbourVest?

We understand that when it comes to investing in private markets, you have many options. When it comes to choosing investments, we’re highly selective as well – investing in only about 5% of the opportunities we evaluate each year. As a result, we believe that our primary fund investment portfolios offer our investors access to some of the world’s most attractive private market opportunities. Composed of carefully selected private equity funds that we continuously monitor and assess, our fund-of-funds have consistently delivered strong returns.
When you invest with HarbourVest, you benefit from:
In an industry where experience counts for everything, you can feel confident that you’re working with a firm that has the expertise you need and the access you expect
Our decades-long relationships with leading fund managers and participation on their advisory boards have allowed us to offer our investors access to high quality investment opportunities to fit their needs
Track record
Our rigorous fund manager evaluation and selection criteria positions us well to select the right opportunities across market cycles for our clients

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. A portfolio of primary fund investments, also known as a fund-of-funds, enables investors to gain access to many private equity managers and a variety of private companies through a single investment.

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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”).