Getting Started

Who can Invest?

Qualified Purchasers who meet suitability and compliance standards are eligible to invest.

The current requirements are detailed below:

  • An individual who owns at least $5 million in Qualified Investments;
  • A family business or trust that owns at least $5 million in Qualified Investments;
  • A corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust, or tax-exempt organization where each beneficial owner is a Qualified Purchaser;
  • A trust that was not formed for the specific purpose of investing in the product, so long as both the persons with decision making power and each of the contributors to the trust is a Qualified Purchaser; or
  • A corporation, partnership, or trust with at least $25 million in Qualified Investments.

Note: We are actively exploring investment pathways for non-Qualified Purchasers, if you do not currently meet Qualified Purchaser status please feel free to reach out to our team at [email protected] for the latest update.

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I am located abroad (or my entity is located abroad); can I invest?

Certainly; as long as the required compliance checks are completed (accreditation, background and ID checks for regulation, Anti-Money Laundering and Office of Foreign Assets Control list, etc.), from a U.S. perspective, you are eligible to invest. These are required for all customers, whether domestic or international.

Additionally, the fund has been structurally established in a manner that is particularly attractive to an international investors. We have established a Cayman Master fund with a Cayman-based feeder fund for International and U.S. tax-exempt investors and a Delaware feeder fund for U.S. investors.

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Who are EQUIAM's 3rd-party legal, administrative, and audit firms?

EQUIAM's outside counsel is Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP for U.S. matters and Ogier for Cayman matters. EQUIAM's fund administrator, MaplesFS, is a global organization with a proven track record of providing premier fund administrative services. EQUIAM funds are audited by KPMG on an annual basis.

Please note that we do not provide legal counsel to investors. All parties are responsible for making sure they understand the benefits and risks of this asset class and any associated transaction.

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Can I invest through an IRA?

Yes. We’ve partnered with AltoIRA to enable seamless investment into EQUIAM funds. Alto is an IRA platform that helps you create Traditional, Roth or SEP IRAs specifically designed for investing in alternative assets. Alto will help you create a brand new Alternative IRA, and fund it using retirement dollars from an existing IRA/401(k) or via annual cash contribution.

To learn more about how to invest in EQUIAM funds with an Alto IRA, see the walkthrough here.

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Private Alpha Fund Specific FAQs

What is EQUIAM's edge in the market?

We believe our edge comes from our unique position in the market and our systematic, top-down approach. Our partnership with Forge allows for exceptional execution, and our data-sharing agreement allows for day-to-day monitoring of value across the private universe that was previously impossible. We combine this information with signals constructed using a propriety dataset on company revenue, headcount, valuation, and public market competitors, among other inputs, to create rigorously tested signals for predicting company performance. This systematic process removes a significant portion of the human element from our strategy, with cold calculation replacing rumor and sentiment. While this may mean we sell names a bit early, it limits our exposure to potential bubbles and blow-ups, meaning we will preserve client capital and can capture deals in a downturn.

Another important component of our edge is our ability to improve through time. We firmly believe that investment managers should come to work each day and assume that the rest of the market is working to erode their edge. By using a systematic process, however, we believe we can improve faster than the competition by compounding our understanding. Our improvements aren’t point-in-time or limited to one of our investor's brains—when we have an investment insight, it is systemized and added to our overall process and knowledge bank. This frees us to go tackle the next big investment question rather than continually wrestling with the same issues. Over time, the benefit of compounding (much like in investing) should increase the distance between us and our peers.  

Source: EQUIAM

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How can EQUIAM be confident that it will be able to source the fund's targeted components?

EQUIAM successfully deployed into 35+ targeted positions over a 6.5 month time horizon following the Q1 2019 launch of its initial offering,the EQUIAM Private Tech30 Fund. EQUIAM has proven its capability to deploy in a rapid and effective manner.

On a forward-looking basis, EQUIAM remains strategically partnered with Forge a leading private secondary marketplace that has brokered several billion in historical secondary transaction volumes. Forge has facilitated transactions within the past 12 months in the vast majority of initial target components and has open offers for several of the remaining. EQUIAM will work closely with Forge to source the remaining, untapped supply. 

In addition, EQUIAM will work frequently with other platform based broker-dealers, lone-wolf brokers, and directly with issuers. Total direct secondary annual trading volumes are estimated to be well in excess of $50Bn. With a mere $100M mandate, EQUIAM will be investing no more than $2.5M - $5M into a single issuer. Since every targeted company has a secondary valuation in excess of $400 Million, the average percentage investment in these companies will range from ~0.01% (low-end) to ~0.5% (high-end). In any scenario, these are tiny fractions of these organizations; hence supply can be efficiently sourced from traditional sources (i.e. Venture, PE, Angel investors) as well as a blend of early and rank & file employees.

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Are there any liquidity provisions? Will I be able to exit the fund prior to the scheduled fund termination?

The fund is a closed-end fund with an established 4-year fund life (plus two potential 1-year extensions should market conditions dictate such a decision). Hence, we expect our investors to remain invested in the fund for the duration of that period. In comparison to the standard 8 to 10-year fund lives of most venture and PE funds, we feel our time frame is quite reasonable.

With that said, we are acutely aware of the importance of liquidity. As a result, we have structurally designed the fund to self-liquidate over the duration of the fund life. 

During the first twenty-four (24) months following the final closing (planned for Q4 2020), the fund intends to reinvest all exit proceeds back into the fund. Following the expiration of the reinvestment period and for the remaining life of the fund, all exit proceeds will be delivered pro-rata to the investors in the fund, analogous to a dividend.

The primary ways a company will exit the fund will be via (1) IPO, (2) Acquisition, or (3) a systematically triggered exit via the private secondary market.

Lastly, we will allow for LPs to seek a sale of their stake via secondary brokerage platforms, such as Forge, but these sales are subject to normal market conditions and we cannot guarantee there will be willing buyers in the market.

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Will the fund hold public securities?

Yes, at times. Initially, all components will be private companies. However, if we choose to hold a position through IPO, we will be likely bound by the standard lock-up provision, hence for around ~180 days, we will be holding public securities. We will plan to fully liquidate the public position within  6 - 12 months following lock-up expiration.

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Private investments are not appropriate for all investors. This asset class involves a high degree of risk, volatility and illiquidity, beyond that associated with traditional asset classes. Investors should consider private investments a supplement, comprising a modest portion of an overall investment strategy. Investors are solely responsible for, and are advised before making an investment decision with respect to the Fund to, review carefully the respective offering documents (including any relevant underlying agreements) and the related subscription documents regarding the Fund and are responsible for performing such due diligence as deemed appropriate, including consulting their own legal, tax, ERISA, and financial advisers. Any information provided by EQUIAM and its affiliates should not form the primary basis of an investor's investment decision. The material contained on this website is based upon information EQUIAM believes is reliable. However, EQUIAM does not represent or warrant that it is accurate, complete, and/or up-to-date. EQUIAM does not accept any responsibility to update any opinion, analyses or other information contained in the material. This material is for your general information only and solely to assist you in deciding whether to proceed with a further investigation of the Fund. It is not an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security, which can be made only through the delivery of formal offering document(s) which include, among others, a confidential offering memorandum, limited partnership agreement, subscription agreement, and related subscription documents. Such formal offering documents contain additional information not set forth herein, including information regarding certain risks of investing, which such additional information is material to any decision to invest in the Fund. The information contained herein is based on certain assumptions, hypotheses, estimates, and anticipated outcomes which may or may not be true. decision...  More