Private credit

Whether you are a limited partner seeking access to investment opportunities across the credit spectrum or a leading general partner looking for a trusted and reliable partner to provide tailored financing solutions, HarbourVest can help achieve your goals. Exposure to credit can offer many potential benefits to a private markets portfolio, including current income, potential return enhancement, risk mitigation, and diversification.

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Private credit direct investments


Years of private credit direct investments

Investors: Why consider HarbourVest?

Institutional investors turn to HarbourVest when looking to diversify into a complementary asset class that may offer lower risk than other asset classes. Our differentiated approach to private credit investing and our strong buyout sponsor relationship network provide exposure to segments of the market that can often be difficult to access.


Global investment platform

Built over more than 40 years, the firm’s global platform gives its investment teams a multi-dimensional view into opportunities, from the sourcing and diligence stage to monitoring, and provides clients with access to top-tier managers and opportunities.

Strong reputation

HarbourVest has distinguished itself within its general partner network due to its flexibility, efficiency, and ability to offer tailored financing solutions. We believe this positions us as a credit partner of choice for lead buyout sponsors.


Differentiated approach

HarbourVest has traditionally targeted credit investments in the middle market (businesses with $100 million of EBITDA or less at the time of investment), which can be difficult to access.

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What is private credit?

Private credit is direct lending into middle market companies. Unlike publicly traded debt, private credit is typically a customized financing solution to address specific needs of middle market buyouts, refinancing, or project finance. Private credit includes senior debt, stretch senior unitranche, second lien, and mezzanine debt. Direct lending in private credit aims to provide attractive risk-adjusted returns as credit securities feature current income and collateral or downside protection.

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