Golding Private Debt 2016 closes on €580m

The fund of funds will invest in primary, secondary and co-investment opportunities in Europe and North America.

Golding Capital Partners has held a final close of its Golding Private Debt 2016 fund of funds at €580 million.

The Germany-based fund of funds manager raised significantly more than its predecessor vehicle, Golding Private Debt SICAV VIII, which closed in late 2015 with €413 million. However, the fund did not achieve its €600 million target.

Golding said the latest fund was particularly popular with existing investors, which account for approximately 80 percent of the capital raised. The vehicle has 42 institutional investors, including pension funds, insurance companies, savings banks, co-operative banks and non-profit organisations.

The fund of funds aims to provide acquisition and expansion capital for mid-market companies in Western Europe and North America, principally through senior debt. It will aim to make commitments to 15 primary funds, as well as secondary and co-investment transactions, and build a diversified portfolio of approximately 300 underlying transactions.

Golding Private Debt 2016 will also be able to invest in opportunistic credit strategies in order to stabilise its portfolio during periods of market uncertainty and volatility.

The fund has already drawn 20 percent of commitments and the strategy has made an initial distribution to investors in 2018 of a “high single-figure percentage” of committed capital.

Hubertus Thiele-Ochel, managing partner at Golding, said: “[Our investors] appreciate the fact that risk-adjusted returns [on private debt] are more attractive than for the more liquid leveraged loans, bonds and traditional fixed-income instruments. At the request of our investors we are planning to launch the follow-on fund this year.”

Golding Capital Partners now manages more than €3 billion of private debt investments and has invested in a total of over 100 primaries, secondaries and co-investments.