BlackRock will be making an investment in iCapital Network, a financial technology platform that provides high-net-worth investors and their advisers access to private equity and hedge funds. No financial terms were disclosed. In addition to the investment, Frank Porcelli, chairman of BlackRock’s US wealth advisory business, has been added to iCapital’s board of directors.
NEW YORK, NY – December 15, 2016 – iCapital Network, a financial technology platform focused on democratizing access to alternative investments for high-net-worth investors and their financial advisors, today announced that BlackRock (NYSE: BLK), a global leader in investment management, risk management, and advisory services, will lead iCapital’s next funding round. Frank Porcelli, Chairman of BlackRock’s US Wealth Advisory business, will join iCapital’s Board of Directors and will work closely with the organization as a strategic advisor.
Individual investors remain significantly under-allocated to alternative investments relative to institutional investors, but are increasingly exploring the critical role alternatives can play in state-of-the-art portfolio construction. iCapital’s online platform facilitates access to private investment opportunities through an independent origination and due diligence process that prioritizes quality offerings from an array of top managers, and provides an end-to-end technology solution automating the unique subscription, administration and reporting processes of alternative investments.
“We are building the largest independent digital alternative investments platform in the industry. In BlackRock, we have an investor who understands the importance of technology’s role in the wealth management ecosystem,” said Lawrence Calcano, Chief Executive Officer of iCapital Network. “BlackRock’s decision to lead our next round of funding validates the steps we’ve taken thus far and gives us a springboard to scale the platform for future growth.”
iCapital recently announced that it has surpassed $2 billion in subscriptions from approximately 3,000 investors across more than 40 private offerings since the public launch of its platform two years ago. Its member network has expanded to include more than 1,300 users from RIA firms, private banks, independent broker-dealers, family offices and other sophisticated advisory organizations that collectively oversee more than $1.7 trillion in investable client assets.
“Based on our experience, as well as dialogue with our distribution partners, iCapital Network’s open-architecture alternatives platform solves a critical problem for high-net-worth investors and their advisors,” said Frank Porcelli, Chairman of BlackRock’s US Wealth Advisory business. “iCapital’s combination of due diligence capabilities, technology and relationships with alternative asset managers seamlessly facilitates investments in hedge funds and private equity funds, including BlackRock Alternative Investors.”
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
About iCapital Network
iCapital Network is a financial technology platform that provides modular alternative investment solutions for registered investment advisors, broker-dealers, private banks, family offices and other sophisticated investors. The state-of-the-art online portal offers a curated selection of private equity funds and hedge funds, extensive due diligence support, an automated subscription process and integration with a wide range of custodial platforms and reporting packages. The firm’s customizable technology and specialized suite of services is also used by asset managers and financial institutions to streamline and automate the offering and administration of private investments. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.icapitalnetwork.com | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/icapital-network-inc | Twitter: @icapitalnetwork
BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At September 30, 2016, BlackRock’s AUM was $5.1 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®.
As of September 30, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in 30 countries and a major presence in global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.blackrock.com | Twitter: @blackrock_news | Blog: www.blackrockblog.com | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock