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Separate Accounts in Private Equity and Why LPs Want Them (Privcap)

Partners Group's Scott Higbee on why LPs are now more interested in separate accounts, what benefits they see, how the trend will favor highly diversified PE firms and why this trend has legs

PRLog - March 14, 2012 - NEW YORK -- An unmistakable trend has emerged among institutional investors in the private equity asset class – a move toward separate accounts. Influential institutions such as the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) are seeking to structure flexible relationships with major private equity firms to invest broadly and opportunistically across geographies and strategies, and without pre-defined commitments to specific funds.

The trend has the potential to fundamentally alter the private capital investment business, according to Scott Higbee, a Partner in global private investment management firm Partners Group. In an exclusive and extensive interview with Privcap, Higbee discusses the reasons why LPs are now more interested in separate accounts, what benefits investors see in these structures, how the trend will favor highly diversified private investment firms, why this is not only a game that big investors can play, and why the swing toward separate accounts has real momentum.

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Participant Bio:

Scott Higbee
Parnters Group

Scott Higbee is a Partner, head of the investment solutions Americas team and head of the New York office with responsibilities in investment origination and client relations in the Americas. He is also a member of the private equity North America investment committee and has been materially involved in the firm's direct, secondary and partnership investment activities and is a primary relationship manager for several leading partnerships in the US. Prior to joining Partners Group, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as senior associate in the firm’s capital markets practice in New York where he served several broker/dealer and private equity clients. He holds an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

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