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Largest Global Fund Dedicated to Acquisition of Private Equity and Alternative Interests in Secondary Market

Lexington Partners (“Lexington”), the largest independent manager of secondary acquisition funds, today announced the final close of Lexington Capital Partners VIII, L.P. and associated vehicles (“LCP VIII”) at $10.1 billion. The fund, which commenced investing in 2014, accepted commitments up to its hard cap and is the largest dedicated secondary acquisition fund ever raised, significantly exceeding Lexington’s prior secondary fund, LCP VII, which closed on $7.1 billion in 2011. Lexington has also established an innovative $1.75 billion credit facility which provides LCP VIII additional transaction flexibility.

LCP VIII will acquire global private equity and alternative assets through a full range of negotiated secondary market transactions including: portfolio acquisitions, balance sheet spin-outs, equity co-investments, hedge fund private equity purchases, and fund recapitalizations. LCP VIII also has the ability to invest in new private investment funds.

LCP VIII has been formed with commitments from over 300 investors, concentrated among major public pensions, corporate pensions, and sovereign wealth funds in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, and the Middle East. Insurance companies, endowments, foundations, family offices, and high net worth investors also subscribed, with existing investors contributing a majority of the fund’s capital.

Commenting on the fund closing, Brent Nicklas, Managing Partner of Lexington, said, “We are grateful for the strong support of our existing and new investors who have chosen to commit significant capital to LCP VIII. Our high-quality global investor base and the substantial capital they have entrusted to Lexington will enhance the fund’s secondary capabilities with global counterparties and sponsors.”

Lexington has committed approximately 30% of LCP VIII’s capital, investing in six transactions with banks and financial institutions, five transactions with fiduciaries, one hedge fund transaction, and a fund restructuring. The majority of LCP VIII’s committed transactions have been sourced exclusively by Lexington.

Secondary industry volume in 2014 was the highest on record with over $35 billion of completed transactions, a level that is expected to be surpassed in 2015 with projected volume of $40 billion or more. The pipeline of transactions stemming from regulatory-driven selling by banks and financial institutions, more active management of alternative investment allocations by fiduciaries, and GP-led fund restructurings, suggest that the secondary market will continue to grow significantly in the years ahead.

“Today’s secondary market is increasingly characterized by transaction diversity, complexity, and scale. Over a long period of time, Lexington has developed the proven execution experience, counterparty reputation, breadth of sponsor relationships, and strength of capital to provide differentiated and innovative solutions to investors seeking to rebalance their alternative investment portfolios. With the successful capitalization of LCP VIII, we look forward to continuing our leadership of the global secondary market,” said Mr. Nicklas.

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About Lexington

Lexington Partners is one of the world’s largest and most successful managers of secondary private equity and co-investment funds. Lexington helped pioneer the development of the institutional secondary market over 30 years ago and created one of the first independent, discretionary co-investment programs 26 years ago. Lexington has total capital in excess of $76 billion and has acquired over 5,000 interests through more than 1,000 transactions. Lexington’s global team is strategically located in major centers for private equity and alternative asset investing across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Lexington is the global secondary private equity and co-investments specialist investment manager of Franklin Templeton.

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