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Private Equity

Private equity investors for 50+ years

Cambridge Associates was one of the earliest firms in the industry to allocate client capital to private equity and venture capital managers.

Why Cambridge Associates?

Deep expertise in a complex investment area

For five decades, our focus has been to discover new ways to add long-term value to our clients’ portfolios based on their unique objectives.

Throughout our history, we have advised a wide variety of institutional investors, including some of the earliest investors in private investments. Our philosophy in private investments is based on the belief that private equity is a long-term asset class and that it requires patience to build and nurture a portfolio over time.

  • $287B capital committed to private equity by CA clients since 1980*
  • 600+ clients with assets committed to private investments*

Our Approach

Expertise, rigor, and networks matter

The complexity and scope of the private equity opportunity set—and the importance of finding and investing with the limited universe of managers who can deliver outperformance—requires extensive resources, strong networks, and specialized expertise.


That’s why our senior private investments team, with an average of nearly 20 years of industry experience*, is located around the globe to help us find and access the funds that we believe can drive portfolio outperformance.


*As of December 31, 2023.

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Finding The Next Top Performers

Networks help in identifying potential next top-quartile performers

Our robust knowledge of the marketplace provides us with a natural pipeline of new manager ideas as individuals spin out of their prior firms to set up their own firms. Our exhaustive coverage also ensures there is no shortage of managers in which to invest.

While our investors are typically picking a select number of private equity investments for each client’s unique portfolio each vintage year, our dedicated team sources and diligences dozens of funds annually, providing our investors with flexibility in the face of access constraints.

How can we help build the right portfolio for you?
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