Welcome to Adams Street Partners

Adams Street Partners is a global private equity investment management firm that offers comprehensive solutions for its investors.


As one of the leading independent, employee-owned firms, Adams Street has established a reputation for strong performance, an extensive knowledge base and a disciplined investment approach that values quality over quantity.


For over 40 years, Adams Street has gained the experience to successfully manage through some of the most challenging investment cycles. The collective knowledge of the Adams Street team works collaboratively to leverage the global resources of the Firm in navigating the complexities of the private equity markets.


Our mission is to be the premier private equity investment manager in the world by sustaining world-class investment performance and the confidence of our investors through our deep understanding of the global private equity marketplace and exemplary client service.

Investment Interests

For Fund Managers

Seeking the Highest Quality In evaluating a primary investment opportunity, Adams Street Partners is seeking to identify and invest with the best investment teams, composed of the highest-quality individuals, operating in each subclass.

For Secondary Sellers

Sellers Sellers of private equity routinely turn to Adams Street Partners as their preferred buyer of choice. Rather than viewing ourselves as merely buyers, we are solution providers assisting institutional investors with their liquidity and portfolio management needs.

For Companies Seeking Venture Capital & Growth Equity

Working With the Right Companies Adams Street Partners' Direct Team invests $5-20 million in companies seeking venture capital or growth equity to accelerate their businesses or to provide partial liquidity for existing shareholders.  Over the last 20 years, Adams Street has invested in over 100 companies that meet this profile.  Our Direct Team has over $1B under management across seven funds and we invest in roughly 10 new companies a year, typically leading and pricing transactions.

For Firms Seeking Buyout Co-Investors

Buyout Co-Investments Adams Street Partners is a leader in buyout and growth equity co-investing, having invested in over 50 deals alongside lead general partners over the past 20 years. The Firm's rich history as a participant in all aspects of private equity investing makes Adams Street Partners a preferred and reliable co-investment partner. The dedicated Co-investment team and access to meaningful client capital allows for the timely response to investment opportunities and a consistent source of funding. At the same time, the Firm's deep level of experience and network may aid all participants in the overall deal diligence process.

For Consultants

Consultants Adams Street Partners works with consultants to provide global solutions to their clients through our fund of funds, separate account strategies, secondary and direct investment activities. We work in concert with consultants to provide performance on Adams Street Partners and individual client's portfolios. Consultants also have online access to our ASPIRE system which provides in-depth performance attribution for each client's portfolio.


Adams Street Partners has also been a leader in the establishment of valuation guidelines and industry benchmarks.

Investment Programs
Global Programs Adams Street offers investors private equity portfolios which reflect our optimal geographic and subclass allocations for a global private equity portfolio.
US Fund of Funds Adams Street Partners established the first fund of funds in the industry for institutional investors in 1979.
Non-US Fund of Funds Adams Street Partners invests in a geographically diversified non-US portfolio including both developed markets or emerging markets.
Secondary Investments Adams Street has been a leader in secondary private equity since the secondary market's inception, raising its first dedicated secondary fund in 1986.
Venture Capital & Growth Equity Since 1972, Adams Street Partners has successfully made over 265 direct investments as a result of our strategy, disciplined approach and high-caliber team.
Buyout Co-Investments Adams Street Partners has a well diversified portfolio consisting of high quality buyout and growth equity deals.
Energy & Natural Resources Three strategies combined in one portfolio to capitalize on global growth investment opportunities.
In The News
Adams Street Partners Announces Organizational Changes
Adams Street Participates in PRI Introduction of New ESG Guidelines
Adams Street Direct Venture Funds Launch 3 IPO's in One Week
2013 Private Equity Exchange Gold Award Recipient 2013 Private Equity Exchange Gold Award Recipient
Alternatives in DC Plans � Roundtable Alternatives in DC Plans � Roundtable
Publications See More
PEI Interview with Hanneke Smits: A measured approach (December 2011)
Adams Street on the Secret of Its Success By Keenan Skelly
Events See More
Hanneke Smits: Coller Institute Interview on Emerging Markets at the London Business School
Southern Capital Conference September 10 - 12
Buyouts West Conference October 7 - 8
92nd Annual NCTR Conference October 7 - 8
Kelly Meldrum, CFA, Partner and Head of Adams Street Partners’ Primary team, will participate on a Private Equity Panel at the 92nd Annual conference for the National Council on Teacher Retirement (NCTR) on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, in Indianapolis, Indiana.