Alter Domus tops USD1tn in global AUM following Strata Fund Solutions acquisition

Alter Domus, a fully integrated provider of fund administration, debt capital markets and corporate services backed by the Permira funds, has acquired Strata Fund Solutions (Strata), a fund administrator serving US private equity and venture capital funds.

This strategic acquisition represents another milestone in the firm’s North American growth strategy focused on providing high-quality, vertically integrated solutions to the most demanding private equity, venture capital, real estate, and credit investors. Strata’s premier client base and deep expertise are complementary to Alter Domus’ world-class servicing capabilities. Strata also brings a complementary technology stack to Alter Domus, as the combined business will leverage industry-leading in-house solutions like CorPro, Agency360, Mailroom, and Virtual Back Office, and best-in-class third-party information processing engines such as Investran, eFront, Allvue, and Yardi.

 
In joining forces with Strata, Alter Domus North America leaps to top three largest private asset servicers for US alternative asset managers. This transaction also drives Alter Domus’ global assets under administration (AuA) over USD1 trillion, making it one of the largest private asset servicers for alternative assets investors globally and an undisputed leader in the private equity and venture capital servicing space.
 
Recently, market disruptions brought by COVID-19 have accelerated the trend for alternative asset managers and asset owners to outsource their fund administration. More than ever, they require partners able to provide advanced technology and multi-jurisdictional expertise needed to handle the complexities of today’s investment programs.
 
Alter Domus has expanded its US operations rapidly in recent years to meet this growing client demand. Following the Strata acquisition, Alter Domus expects to generate close to 40% of global revenues in the fast-growing US market with over 900 industry professionals. Last month, Alter Domus also opened a Cayman Islands office to provide specialised local support in record-keeping and compliance for clients’ global alternative investment portfolios.
 
Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Strata provides high-quality fund administration services to the alternative investment industry. With close to USD140 billion in assets under administration and more than 200 professionals, Strata will join Alter Domus’ global team of more than 1,000 professionals dedicated to private equity and venture capital fund services. Recognised as an innovator in fund services, Strata recently developed a successful and complementary service offering in Alternative Data Management able to take control of the immense volume of crucial information flowing to managers and asset owners to deliver consolidated reporting and meaningful insights. FTV Capital led a significant growth equity investment in Strata in August of 2018, with participation from StepStone Group, and both exited as part of this transaction.
 
Doug Hart, Chief Executive Officer at Alter Domus, says: “We are delighted to welcome Strata’s founders Jared, Darren, Nate and their entire talented team to Alter Domus. Our respective founders, leadership and teams share a culture of excellence devoted to the investment funds and corporate services industry. Our shared high-touch service model and advanced technology platforms align perfectly to offer our clients a trusted solution on day one.”
 
Jared Broadbent, Co-Founder of Strata, says: “We are very excited to join the Alter Domus Group, one of the world’s leading service providers to the alternative investments industry that, crucially, shares our values and our commitment to delivering the highest levels of client service. Combining our two companies will allow us to offer our clients a global reach and even more in terms of services, expertise, and technology. My co-founders Darren, Nate and I along with the entire Strata team look forward to working alongside Alter Domus to contribute to the growth of our combined team over the years to come.”