Partners Group to co-operate with Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management

Partners Group, the Switzerland-based global alternative asset manager, is continuing to expand its presence in the Asian market with the announcement of a co-operation with Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management (SMAM) in Japan.

SMAM acts as advisor to various corporate Japanese pension plans regarding investment strategy. A market survey completed by SMAM amongst its clients has identified a growing interest in access to the private equity asset class. After a global analysis, the solution offered by Partners Group has been found to address the requirements of SMAM.

As an example of a comprehensive solution, Partners Group Global Value SICAV invests in a globally diversified portfolio through partnerships, secondaries and direct investments, thereby allowing investors to benefit from the relative attractiveness of regions and segments. The product addresses traditional hurdles inherent to the asset class such as the J-curve effect, liquidity and access to the leading managers.

Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management is one of the largest asset management companies in Japan, which manages around USD 100 billion for Japanese pension plans through discretionary accounts and retail clients through investment trusts. The firm manages mainly traditional assets such as equities and bonds and alternative assets occupy a small percentage of all AuM, however, the growth of its assets is more than 40% p.a. The firm is owned by Sumitomo Life Insurance, Mitsui Life Insurance, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, major financial companies in Sumitomo-Mitsui Group.

Partners Group is a global alternative asset management firm with CHF 22 billion in private equity, private debt, private real estate, infrastructure and hedge fund investment programs under management. The firm manages a broad range of funds, structured products and customized portfolios for an international clientele
of institutional investors, private banks and distribution partners. Partners Group is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland and has offices in London, Guernsey, New York, San Francisco and Singapore. The firm employs over 220 people, is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange with a market capitalization of over CHF 4.5 billion and majority owned by its 34 partners & principals and its employees.

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