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Our History

HarbourVest is a leading global private markets investment firm with a long history of innovation and success.

The HarbourVest team has been investing in the private markets for over 30 years, gaining invaluable expertise and developing long-term relationships with sought-after partners. Our approach is characterized by consistency and continuity while also adapting to meet client needs.  Over the years, we have continually identified opportunities to provide early access to the evolving private equity landscape – secondary investing (since 1986), Europe market (since 1984), Asia market (since 1984) – and expanded our local teams around the globe.

2016

  • HarbourVest acquires BAML Capital Access Funds and renames as HarbourVest Horizon
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Financial News 20th Anniversary Awards

  • Top investor over last 20 years
Toronto

2015

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  • Offices established in Seoul, Tel Aviv, and Toronto
  • 25 years of local presence in Europe
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Financial News Private Equity Awards 2015

  • Fund of Funds of the Year

2014

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  • HarbourVest (Europe) establishes as an AIF manager under the AIFMD
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Private Equity International Awards 2014

  • Fund of Funds Manager of the Year – North America
  • Fund of Funds Manager of the Year – Asia

2013

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EVCA 2013-2014

  • George Anson serves as Chairman of EVCA (2013-2014)
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The Private Equity International Awards 2013

  • North American Fund of Funds of the Year
  • Asia Secondaries Firm of the Year

Financial News Awards for Excellence in Institutional Private Equity Europe 2013

  • Fund of Funds of the Year
Beijing

2012

  • Beijing presence established
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HarbourVest Anniversary

  • Team celebrates 30th year of fund management
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The Private Equity International Awards 2012

  • North American Fund of Funds of the Year

Australian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association Limited Awards 2012

  • Best Management Buyout >$500 million in Australia with Archer Capital for co-investment in MYOB
Bogota

2011

  • Bogotá presence established

The Private Equity International Awards 2011

  • European Fund of Funds Firm of the Year
  • Secondary Deal of the Year
Tokyo

2010

  • Tokyo subsidiary established
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The Private Equity International Awards 2010

  • North American Fund of Funds of the Year

The Private Equity News Awards 2010

  • European Fund of Funds Firm of the Year

2009

The Private Equity International Awards 2009

  • North American Fund of Funds of the Year
  • European Venture Capital Deal of the Year

The European Venture Capital Journal Awards 2009

  • Secondary House of the Year

The BVCA Real Deals Private Equity Awards 2009

  • Secondaries House of the Year

2008

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The Private Equity International Awards 2008

  • North American Fund of Funds of the Year

2007

The Private Equity International Awards 2007

  • Editors’ Choice for Fund of Funds Firm of the Year
  • North American Fund of Funds of the Year
  • Asian Fund of Funds of the Year

2006

  • A decade of local presence in Asia

The Global Private Equity Awards 2006

  • North American Fund of Funds of the Year

Awards for Investment Excellence 2006

  • Private Equity Category Winner

2005

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The Global Private Equity Awards 2005

  • Global Fund of Funds of the Year

2004

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The Global Private Equity Awards 2004

  • North America Fund of Funds of the Year
  • North America Secondaries Firm of the Year

2003

  • HarbourVest commits $1.0 billion to secondary purchases

The Global Private Equity Awards 2003

  • North America Fund of Funds of the Year

2001

Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst

  • Private Equity Hall of Fame
HongKong-1

1996

  • Hong Kong office established to focus on Asian deals and clients

1994

  • First Latin American partnership investment
London

1990

  • London office established to focus on European deals and clients
  • First international Fund of Funds program formed

1986

  • First secondary investment

1984

  • First international partnership investments in Europe and Asia

1983

  • First direct investment

1982

  • Formed Fund I, one of the first US private equity Fund of Funds

1978

  • Investment team made first US partnership investment

These awards do not necessarily represent investor experience with HarbourVest or the HarbourVest Funds, nor do they constitute a recommendation of HarbourVest or its services. These awards are based on surveys that are not limited to investors in HarbourVest Funds and may not have included all of the investors in HarbourVest Funds. These awards are not indicative of HarbourVest’s future performance.