NB Renaissance, Bain bring Engineering Group’s valuation to over €1.6bn, Cresset invests in True Capital Management, Private equity grows

Good news for private equity and Bain's investment in Engineering Group brings the latter company's valuation to over 1.6 billion euros.

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Exit: Apax Partners is selling its stake in Engineering Group to Bain Capital in a deal that values the IT services company at more than 1.6 billion euros, writes Milana Vinn on PE Hub. NB Renaissance also is selling stakes, but will also invest new equity in company alongside Bain, the story said.

Apax, NB Renaissance, founder Michele Cinaglia and key senior managers acquired the company in a take-private in 2016. During Apax’s hold period, the company completed 19 acquisitions, the story said.

Check it out here.

PE grows: Interesting piece on WSJ this week from the inimitable Dawn Lim on the rise of private equity for the masses. She writes that Vanguard Group is launching a private equity fund for its institutional-level and high net worth clients.

HarbourVest Partners will manage the fund, which is expected to raise hundreds of millions, the story said. Check it out here.

Vanguard has tried to break into private equity before, but wasn’t able to hit fundraising targets after the dot-com bust. The company over the past year named Francis Kinniry to lead private investing, the article said.

Vanguard’s founder, the late Jack Bogle, once wrote: “Successful investing doesn’t require sophistication and complexity; all that’s necessary is a healthy dose of common sense,” according to Bloomberg. He was talking about regular people investing for retirement, rather than institutions or even wealthy folks.

The move makes sense for Vanguard as it relates to the company’s institutional clients, who apparently have been asking for such a product, according to the article. The company manages around $1.6 trillion for institutions, with around $50 billion managed through its advisory platform, the story said. The fund will be offered first to institutions like endowments and foundations, then to wealthy clients.

Ultimately, depending on potential changes in SEC regulations, the company could offer the product to more individuals’ portfolios, the story said.
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Top Scoops
In today’s secondaries market, lead buyers on GP-led secondaries deals, which a few years ago would have represented 75 to 100 percent of the purchase price, now account for as low as 15 to 20 percent of the price, I write on Buyouts. Check it out here.

Cresset Capital made an investment in wealth and business management firm True Capital Management. True Capital serves the needs of professional athletes and other sudden wealth clients. Read our news brief here.

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