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🎙HgCapital Trust's Chairman of the Board Jim Strang - a masterclass in private markets

🎙HgCapital Trust's Chairman of the Board Jim Strang - a masterclass in private markets

Ep. 94 with Jim Strang, Chairman of the Board, HgCapital Trust plc

Welcome back to the Alt Goes Mainstream podcast.

Today’s episode features a masterclass in private markets from a guest who has seen it all.

Jim Strang is a deeply experienced private equity professional who has been part of the industry as a GP, LP, investor, consultant, and now a teacher, board member, and advisor to a number of firms.

I’d probably have to spend a good few pages going through everything that Jim has done and is currently doing in private markets. He’s a practitioner and a teacher, an expert and an operator. After an illustrious career that was punctuated as Chairman EMEA of Hamilton Lane, one of the largest LPs in private markets globally, he now serves in a number of board and advisor roles, which include Chairman of the Board at HgCapital Trust plc, Senior Advisor to CVC Capital Partners, Advisor at Bain & Company, and Director at Pictet Alternative Advisors.

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Jim and I had a fascinating conversation about the evolution of private markets and what the future holds for large and small funds alike, as well as LPs. We discussed:

  • The step function changes that take private markets from $15T to $30T of AUM.

  • Why traditional asset managers may struggle to replicate the capabilities of alternative asset managers in private markets.

  • The importance of partnerships having a clear ambition and alignment if they want to build a scaled platform.

  • The challenges that managers in the middle face as large platforms and specialist managers are the differentiated firms in the eyes of LPs.

  • Why GPs need to find innovative solutions to address the needs of different types of investors.

  • Why building a strong brand is crucial to success in the wealth channel.

Thanks Jim for coming on the show to share your wisdom and experience on private markets.

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Clip #1: Private markets are like Hotel California.

Clip #2: Is it better to be private or public as an alternative asset manager?

Clip #3: Is scale a defensible moat? … and “Consulting is about what you know, investing is about what you think”

Clip #4: What characterizes the current state of private markets?

Clip #5: Are partnerships the right governance model for alignment?

Show Notes

00:00 Introduction and Sponsor Message

02:06 Podcast Theme Song

02:44 Guest Introduction: Jim Strang

02:52 Jim Strang's Career Overview

05:35 State of Private Markets: Challenges and Opportunities

08:04 Fundraising Dynamics in Private Equity

11:25 European Private Equity: Evolution and Insights

15:01 Scaling Challenges and Ambitions in Private Equity

25:41 Technology and Innovation in Private Equity

32:47 Challenges in Organizational Analysis

33:56 Psychological Assessments in Investment Decisions

35:48 Effective Questioning Techniques for LPs

36:29 Transparency and Culture in Investment Firms

37:34 Evolution of Asset Management

38:41 Public vs. Private Asset Managers

40:27 Generational Shifts in Private Equity Firms

44:12 Growth and Democratization of Private Markets

48:40 Liquidity Challenges in Private Markets

54:45 Quick Fire Round: Insights on Private Markets

01:00:10 Entertainment Investments: Music Royalties and Sports

01:04:02 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

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