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An Experienced Secondary Investment Partner

Adams Street Partners is an experienced secondary investor that has built a wealth of strategy-specific knowledge and expertise with a track record spanning more than three decades.

Our integrated global platform enables us to operate as a cohesive, connected team by sharing relationships and insights – both elements that can lead to better decisions for our partners. Our deep market knowledge combined with our decades of experience give us the conviction to lead and execute opportunities not visible to most.

Providing Liquidity Solutions to Private Market Investors

Highly integrated across all areas of our investment strategies and solutions, we believe that our dedicated Secondary Investment Team is uniquely positioned to provide liquidity solutions to prospective sellers and general partners through:

  • Traditional acquisitions of limited partner interests from other fund investors
  • Complex, structured acquisitions of portfolios of direct company interests
  • Creative fund and company liquidity solutions for general partners

Years of Secondary Investment Experience

Since 1986 Adams Street has been a successful, discreet, and respected secondary investor, adhering to a philosophy of disciplined portfolio construction and selective investment decisions.


Secondary Transactions

Our Secondary Investment Team has completed more than 225 secondary deals since the beginning of the investment strategy with a focus on quality, not quantity.


Secondary Assets Under Management

Adams Street manages $6.7 billion in secondary investments.

Adams Street’s Distinctive Secondary Approach

Selective & Thematic

We proactively identify and target market dislocations, specific investment themes, interests, and portfolios for purchase. Our investments are thoughtful, strategic, and highly due diligenced.


We leverage the significant depth and breadth of our network of global relationships to gain information.

Successfully Balanced

We balance our conviction in our investment themes with diversification to control risk.

Recent Case Studies

A Proactive and Targeted Approach

Asset targeting and general partner alignment leading to a high-conviction acquisition of growth assets

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Unique Access through Strong Partnerships

Partnering with a longstanding general partner relationship to provide a liquidity solution for limited partners

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High-Quality, Growth-Oriented Assets

Selectively targeting high-growth assets within a less efficient process

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We continue to leverage our network and breadth of global relationships to gain access to unique and hard to access deal flow, while tapping our collective expertise to choose specific deals and assets where we have conviction.

Our Integrated Platform

Adams Street’s goal is to deliver to our clients the services they desire by utilizing our global platform of information and networks and fostering a culture in which our teams work together across strategies, geographies, and sub-classes.

As the industry grows increasingly complex, we believe our integrated platform which shares networks, market intelligence, and data across investment teams is one of our most important assets.

Built on a foundation of trust and integrity, we foster valuable relationships through our global network to create unique and effective investment opportunities.

Dedicated Strategies

Co-Investments ›

We strive to invest alongside best-in-class general partners in the buyout and growth equity sectors.

Growth Equity ›

We invest in rapidly growing, multi-stage, category-leading software, mobile, healthcare, security, and financial technology companies.

Primary Investments ›

Our global platform of relationships, supported by our highly advanced in-house analytics, facilitates investments in buyout, venture capital, growth equity, and other private markets fund strategies.

Private Credit ›

We pursue opportunities across the entire capital structure, targeting middle-market companies with enterprise value of $150 -$750 million.

Focused Solutions

Custom Solutions ›

We put clients first, investing significant time to understand our clients’ objectives and goals to package our investment capabilities and experience into innovative solutions that meet their evolving needs.

Risk Management ›

We take a deliberately analytical approach to risk management using portfolio diagnostics, portfolio construction return modeling, and implementation planning while leveraging a proprietary online platform.

Proprietary Analytics ›

Our people are tenacious in the pursuit of excellence, transforming decades of our proprietary data that informs our decisions into actionable insights that lead to attractive investment opportunities.

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