JP Morgan Asset Management launches Growth Equity Platform

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JP Morgan Asset Management has launched JP Morgan Private Capital, which includes a new growth equity investment arm and an existing private debt business, committed to providing customised solutions for early and growth stage companies across the capital structure. 

The group will be focused on institutional and high-net-worth clients and will also have the ability to invest the firm's capital alongside investors.

JP Morgan Private Capital will be led by Brian Carlin, previously CEO of Wealth Management Solutions at JP Morgan, with Rick Smith, former Head of Private Investments at JPMorgan Chase, serving as Chairman of the group, and Meg McClellan, serving as the Head of Private Debt.  

The firm is also pleased to announce the hiring of Christopher Dawe from Goldman Sachs as Managing Partner to lead the technology and consumer growth equity business. During his time at Goldman Sachs, Dawe spent 15 years investing in private companies and co-headed the Venture Capital and Growth Equity business within Goldman Sachs Investment Partners. His investments have included Spotify, Plaid, Ring, Pinterest, Compass, Uala and Built Technologies, among other companies. 

In addition, Osei Van Horne joins JP Morgan Private Capital as Managing Partner to lead investments across industries with an initial focus on climate action and inclusive economic growth. Van Horne joins from Wells Fargo where he co-founded the technology growth equity practice. His previous investments have included Flexport, Notarize, BMC Software and Industrious, among other companies. In 2020 and 2019, Mr. Van Horne was named as one of the top 50 global principal investors by Global Corporate Venturing.

The investment platform will sit within JP Morgan Asset Management's USD168 billion Global Alternatives franchise, reporting to Anton Pil, Global Head of Alternatives. The platform includes a robust Private Debt business, led by Meg McClellan, which currently manages USD15 billion in assets across corporate and asset-based lending strategies. In addition, McClellan will lead JP Morgan Private Capital's efforts to build out a new direct lending business focusing initially on middle-market corporate direct lending across North America.

As companies elect to remain private longer, many seek partners who can add significant value in addition to flexible capital solutions, and JP Morgan Private Capital will be well positioned as a preferred global partner for these firms. This new group will draw on the broader resources of JP Morgan to drive value in portfolio companies and will harness the firm's unique access to technology companies to inform investment ideas and gain insights into emerging and financial technologies.

The new unit will tap into the continued growth of private markets and significant pre-IPO value creation opportunities across a range of asset classes and sectors, including consumer, technology and sustainable growth equity investing, as well as middle-market direct lending strategies. 

"JP Morgan Private Capital will harness JPMorgan Chase's unparalleled scale, network and resources to deliver a best-in-class growth equity and private debt investment platform," says Mary Erdoes, Chief Executive Officer, JP Morgan Asset & Wealth Management. "By combining our debt and equity capabilities, we are ideally positioned to help companies and clients from around the globe access liquidity and investment opportunities across capital markets."

"Growth equity and private debt are among the fastest-growing asset classes in the alternatives industry, with strong demand from both individual and institutional investors to look beyond public markets," says Brian Carlin, Chief Executive Officer, JP Morgan Private Capital. "We are committed to establishing long-term relationships with innovative private companies, and JP Morgan Private Capital is focused on creating discernible value for these companies across their lifecycle."

"The launch of JP Morgan Private Capital reflects the increasing client demand for alternative asset classes and our focus on providing clients with new opportunities to enhance portfolio returns through private markets," says Anton Pil, Head of Global Alternatives at JP Morgan Asset Management. "We look forward to continuing to expand our capabilities across the Global Alternatives franchise in the coming months to meet client needs and seize market opportunities."