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Innovative Transaction with Leading Sponsor Marks Important Milestone for Secondary Market

Lexington Partners (“Lexington”), the largest independent manager of secondary acquisition funds, today announced the successful closure of a tender offer for commitments to BC European Capital IX LP (“BCEC IX”). In aggregate, the transaction represents a total capital commitment of approximately $1 billion. Other terms of the transaction, which is expected to close promptly on or after August 16, 2017, were not disclosed.

Founded in 1986, BC Partners is a leading international private equity firm with over €15 billion ($17.7 billion) of assets under management. It invests in businesses in Europe and selectively in North America through its established network of offices in London, Paris, Hamburg, and New York. BCEC IX is a 2011 vintage fund with €6.7 billion ($7.9 billion) of committed capital.

Commenting on the transaction, Pål Ristvedt, Partner of Lexington, said, “Lexington has invested in funds managed by BC Partners for over 15 years. We are excited about the opportunity to partner with such a high-caliber manager in a large-scale secondary transaction involving quality assets in Europe and the United States. We are pleased to increase our commitment to BC Partners and support the ongoing investment activities of this leading international sponsor.”

“The potential for GP-led transactions in today’s secondary market is significant,” said Marshall Parke, International Managing Partner of Lexington. “Not only do these transactions provide important liquidity opportunities for limited partners, they also allow sponsors to reshape their investor base and position their firms for future growth. Through a series of successful GP-led transactions, Lexington has developed the proven execution experience that, when combined with our deep sponsor relationships and substantial capital base, provide global value-added solutions to sponsors and their limited partners. This sizeable transaction with BC Partners marks an important milestone for Lexington and the secondary market in providing innovative liquidity solutions,” said Mr. Parke.

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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 25 years ago. Lexington has total capital in excess of $75 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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