Wealth & Finance Fund Awards 2015 24 Strategic Partners Fund Solutions Secondaries Firm of the Year & Best Secondary Fund: Global Private Equity Secondaries Fund Strategic Partners was established in 2000 and is Blackstone’s dedicated secondary and fund solutions platform. They are one of the most active secondary buyers in the world, completing on average one-to-two transactions per week. They focus on establishing differentiated and diversified private equity exposure, leveraging its deep team to ac- cess premier global private equity and real estate managers. Verdun Perry, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Strategic Partners, got in touch to talk to us about their unique strategy and more. Company: Strategic Partners Fund Solutions Name: Verdun S. Perry Email: [email protected] Web Address: www.blackstone.com Address: 345 Park Avenue New York, NY 10154 Telephone: (646) 482-8926 First of all, how does it feel to have been awarded ‘Secondar- ies Firm of the Year’ and ‘Best Secondary Fund: Global Private Equity Secondaries Fund’? What do you believe are the reasons behind your success? On behalf of Strategic Partners, we are honored to have been awarded ‘Secondaries Firm of the Year’ and ‘Best Secondary Fund: Global Private Equity Secondaries Fund’ which acknowl- edge the strength of both our global secondary private equity and real estate platforms. The success of Strategic Partners as a firm has been a con- sequence of our strong culture, talented professionals, and consistent investment focus. Team continuity has been key to our platform’s success: the ten senior Strategic Partners pro- fessionals who represent our investment committee have been working together for an average of over 12 years. Moreover, the balance of our team has largely been with Strategic Partners since beginning their professional careers. Over the last 15 years, we have maintained a consistent investment strategy, employing a nimble and flexible approach which allows us to acquire fund interests and portfolios which range widely in size and complexity. By virtue of having completed 850+ transactions which represent 2,300 underlying fund interests, we believe we have an information advantage when assessing new transactions, especially those that are highly diverse and/or complex. This strength has been put to use as a result of our longstanding reputation as a trusted counter-party to those seeking liquidity options on a fair, timely, and confidential basis. Our transactions have been done with sellers of all types, sizes and geographies, and we are respected partners to an equally diverse roster of general partners.