Up and Coming Funds

What are some funds that are fairly new (semi-recent first or recent second fund) with reputable partners and clear room to grow? For example, Nonantum Capital in Boston is a bunch of former Charlesbank and raised a ~$450MM first fund. 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Dec 29, 2020 - 12:39pm

+SB, please do post the name if you figure it out, would love to look into them 

Dec 29, 2020 - 1:27pm

Good thread, will be excited to see what names we come up with. Just want to point out for any future monkeys Nonantum is mostly former Charlesbank. I actually don't see any former Berkshire guys on the team page. Agreed it's a up-and-comer though

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Dec 29, 2020 - 1:46pm

Stupid mistake on my end, just updated that to avoid any confusion

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  • Associate 3 in PE - Other
Dec 30, 2020 - 11:32pm

Some interesting earlyish funds in my opinion: 

- Arcline 

- Stellex 

- Cove Hill 

- Baypine 

- Cornell I think is on fund II or III 

- Gamut 

- Searchlight

- BGH in Aus 

  • Associate 3 in PE - Other
Dec 31, 2020 - 1:22pm

All of these funds are spinouts from good platforms that spun out without fully intact teams.  Faster advancement with assumed good deal sourcing. 

While some (Cornell Capital) are pretty institutionalized since they have been around 7 years, most you would have the ability to grow with the firm, to make it to the next step rather than being pushed out after your two year associate stint.  

You want to be on the ground floor of say the next Clearlake, because you are then the mid-late 30s partner who has 4-6% of the total carry pool of say a 10b fund. (2x return payout is 80m - 120m).   You aren't really getting those shots on goal at institutionalized platforms.  

Jan 4, 2021 - 12:16am

Gamut is definitely interesting. Ex-APO senior guys who are employing similar strategy to lower/middle-market situations. Recently expanded office size too from what I heard from someone there at end 2019/beginning 2020 to accommodate increased headcount. 

Also 1bn premier fund (2017 I believe) which they've had a lot of traction in deploying in last two years. Seems like they had a slower start but are offsetting that

Dec 31, 2020 - 11:12am

On the MM/LMM tech side:

  • Resurgens Technology Partners in Atlanta, first fund $212mm and GPs are former AKKR guys from the Atlanta office
  • Avenue Growth Partners in DC, GPs are former Bain Capital Ventures & JMI Equity but haven't seen anything on fund size
  • Banneker Partners in Portland/SF, first fund ~$250mm and GPs from Vista Equity (incl. former cofounder)

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Dec 31, 2020 - 12:49pm

On the infra side Glenfarne is making waves, ex-MIRA guys with top tier blue-chip backing (Apollo, Partners). Wouldn't be surprised to see them raise a $1bn+ Fund I soon.

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Jan 1, 2021 - 9:05pm

On the infra side Glenfarne is making waves, ex-MIRA guys with top tier blue-chip backing (Apollo, Partners). Wouldn't be surprised to see them raise a $1bn+ Fund I soon.

SER Capital Partners is another new infra/cleantech fund. ECP spin out. Not sure how much they have raised, but HH reached out so they are hiring associates. 

Dec 31, 2020 - 2:02pm

CSC Generation puts associates into C-level positions at companies like Z-Gallerie and DirectBuy. I haven't seen anywhere else with more very very clear opportunity. They've grown ridiculously fast too.

Dec 31, 2020 - 2:13pm

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Jan 1, 2021 - 11:09pm

The firm mentioned in the very first comment is Recognize. In addition to David Wasserman, the guy you mentioned from CD&R, the other two are Frank D' Souza (co-founded Cognizant) and Josh Miller (co-founded Atomic, the incubator that now has a fund attached and launched companies like Hims/Hers).

Agree with several other mentions.

Stellex is deep value, operationally-intensive turnaround stuff. Distressed-for-control is not for the faint of heart. Ray is one of the few senior Black people in this business and you love to see how well he's grown the firm. They raised $870m in a one-and-done close on a $750m target for Fund I, and a touch over three years later raised Fund II at $1.775b on $1.25b target.

Arcline, Gamut, and Cove Hill are all similar to each other. (a) Small core founding team, usually around a primary personality, (b) background at a large, well-respected platform, (c) significant critical mass in their first fund, (d) attractive pace of deployment to date. 

Another one not mentioned is Brightstar. Andrew has a really cool thing with his operational role during his time at Lindsay Goldberg. 

"Associate 3" hit the nail on the head with his 1:22 comment. If you can get into one of these places during their first or second fund, you have decent odds at getting a favorable carry position and long-term seat in a firm that raises successive billion/multibillion-dollar funds.

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Jan 4, 2021 - 7:36pm

When you say first or second fund, at what level does that have to be? Associate? VP? I wonder if you get in at Associate, you miss the boat.

But probably a higher chance of making VP if you are on ground floor as an associate and being a VP on fund 2 you can still get some juicy base carry economics.

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Jan 3, 2021 - 9:50pm

Thanks for the insightful post as always. 

In another thread on Greycroft, you mentioned the importance of investing as an apprenticeship, specifically "how to evaluate markets, businesses, and the teams that run them". Was curious if you could provide some more detail or an example of a "good" evaluation vs. an average or generic one, especially in the case of folks who run distress for control strategies.

If you were an analyst currently recruiting, how would you judge this ability from the outside looking in? 

Jan 3, 2021 - 8:56pm

Newlight Partners, spun out of the Soros family office, seems pretty exciting

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  • Analyst 1 in PE - Other
Jan 4, 2021 - 5:52pm

I would look at the clients of any top tier PE placement agent or Private Funds Group. They only take on clients who can raise relatively quickly/painlessly, meaning high quality groups that are usually spin-offs with accomplished management teams that are looking to scale to the next level. Ability to raise successive scalable funds is another large criteria for who they take on, meaning that their clients (aka PE managers) are growing in fund size and likely expanding both their investment teams and supporting cast

  • Analyst 1 in PE - Other
Jan 4, 2021 - 8:45pm

The pfg's at banks such as UBS, Credit Suisse, etc tend to focus on the huge multi-b funds, but groups at Lazard, Moelis are probably more in the category I'm talking about. And then of course the good boutique players like Eaton, MVision, Campell Luytens, Park Hill (since bought out by PJT), etc are all solid groups and probably your best bet for finding these kind of funds as their service is a little more bespoke than pure distribution

If you want to dig just google the top PE placement agent lists and then check the clients they announce on their website/linkedin. You can probably find funds they're currently working on (unannounced) by checking linkedin likes and things like that

  • Associate 1 in PE - LBOs
Jan 4, 2021 - 10:48pm

Very helpful insights thus far, thanks. Any names on the infra side other than Sidewalk? 

Jan 5, 2021 - 4:33am

Equality Asset Management: ex summit managing partner ~$500m

Center Rock: $600M spun out of Wynnchurch

Incline Equity: not new by any means but they are crushing it. Targeted $700 I believe and raised $1.2 for their 5th fund.

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  • Analyst 3+ in IB-M&A
Jan 8, 2021 - 8:56pm

Yea I think that's intentional, they're super low-profile due to their LP base composition of ultra high net worth families--plus they are not really flashy guys, tend to focus their time on their companies. Also intentionally very lean (less than 5 investment professionals) because they pay well above street.

Their strategy is very concentrated on a few investments. They get creative with the kind of transactions they pursue: carveouts, legacy PE portcos, they look at 363s, etc.

Jan 8, 2021 - 1:22pm

At what point does a firm start getting too institutionalized, diminishing the long-term career upside of joining a new fund? For example, would joining a firm after its third fundraise be too late to get in on good carry and a decent chance of making partner? Of course, it's case-specific - just looking to get some insight

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jan 8, 2021 - 2:09pm

I interviewed at Align Capital Partners in DAL about a year ago and was really impressed. raised $325mm in 2016 for Fund I and $450mm for fund II in 2020, despite no exits from fund I. 3 ex-Riverside guys.   

Jan 8, 2021 - 10:45pm

Some other ones that come to mind

- Rubicon Technology Partners (Vista Spinout) - Boulder, CO

- Knox Lane (TPG Spinout) - SF

- Percheron Capital (Golden Gate spinout) - SF

- Emerald Lake Capital (Ares spinout) - LA

Jan 9, 2021 - 2:47pm

Can anyone speak to performance and reputation of MiddleGround? Only NY PE firm I've ever seen headquartered out of Kentucky. Looks like one of their senior people used to work on Honda's factory floor. Seem unique to say the least.

  • Associate 3 in PE - Other
Jan 9, 2021 - 3:02pm

Team is a spinout from Monomoy who are pretty legit distressed industrial investors.  I guess they are a KPS grand-cub as Monomoy spun out of KPS.   

They just raised another fund because they deployed a bunch during the pandemic. 

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