Secondaries

We invest in GP-Led secondary transactions— the fastest growing segment of the secondary market—enabling sponsors to extend ownership of high-performing companies, secure new capital for growth initiatives, and create fund-level liquidity for LPs.

  • $552M

    in committed capital1

  • 18

    investments

  • 23

    sponsors

Secondaries investing

Secondary investing has historically been known for solution-oriented capital and this also is true with General partner (GP)-led transactions. Our investment in GP-led secondary transactions can help sponsors achieve liquidity for limited partners while extending holding periods of companies, resetting fund economics, and procuring new capital commitments for company-level growth initiatives. The transaction format can vary but the desired outcome is clear—sponsors maintain control of good assets and limited partners are offered a liquidity option for older assets. We seek to support transactions with the following characteristics:

  • Assets

    Stability and growth of revenue and profits, clear value proposition and market positioning, and favorable industry and competitive dynamics, all pointing toward multiple paths to a successful outcome

  • Sponsor

    Stable platform, relevant operational and industry expertise, demonstrated track record, and a clear value-creation plan for each asset

  • Deal dynamics

    Existence of potential price arbitrage, information or relationship advantage, good co-investors, challenging underwriting complexity or timeline

  • Alignment

    GP with meaningful capital at risk, including rolled participation but often new capital; incentive structure that tries to ensure GP behavior benefits both the new secondary investors as well as the GP

Why partner with Manulife Investment Management?

  • We’re solution-oriented capital reacting to fundamental market changes

    Our GP-led focus aligns with sponsors’ use of secondary capital to own good companies longer, access new growth capital, consolidate ownership, and provide early liquidity options to LPs.

  • We bolster our relationship with sponsors, providing full lifecycle solutions

    Our capability as a primary fund allocator positions the firm positively with sponsors, thereby increasing our privileged access and exposure to GP-led opportunities in the secondary markets.

  • We leverage our GP relationships and desirability as a partner

    Our sourcing, underwriting, and access are enhanced by long-standing GP relationships, broad exposure to the private markets, and Manulife Investment Management’s commitment to its partners.

Meet the team

Meet our secondaries team

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Data as of December 31, 2023.

1 Represents investments made by the Secondaries Team on behalf of the Manulife investors since inception of the secondaries program in 2020.