Connection Capital was established in 2010 by four investment professionals who shared the same aim: to give clients access to alternative investments which were available to the institutional market but closed to private investors.
When we first started, private investor exposure to unquoted companies was mainly limited to investment in VCT funds or direct investments in early stage/start-up businesses through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (‘EIS’).
Access to institutional-grade alternative funds was also limited as these were targeted at institutional capital, often requiring minimum investment quantums of at least £1m and often much higher.
Since then, not much has changed.
Although ‘alternatives’ as a broad asset class have risen in popularity, many of the direct investment opportunities available to private investors continue to be in small, unproven businesses, and those minimum investment levels for institutional-grade funds have risen not fallen. So-called ‘Alternative Funds’ offered through mainstream providers may be less correlated with equities and bonds but are mainly aimed at ‘retail investors’ rather than professional investors and this is reflected in their target returns.
We believe that private investors should be able to access the same quality of alternative investment opportunities that institutional investors, with their larger firepower, are able to.
Our syndicated model pools our clients’ capital on a deal by deal or fund by fund basis meaning they can access opportunities which would usually be out of reach due to minimum investment size or which are just not available through other routes. Through us our clients have the opportunity to invest on a self-select basis so each client can build their own bespoke portfolio over time.
Our opportunities can broadly be classified as either private equity
, private debt
, commercial property
or alternative funds
- are capable of delivering enhanced risk adjusted returns
- tend to be non-correlated with traditional asset classes like quoted equities and bonds
- can provide investment diversification and reduce volatility
You can read more about why to consider investing in alternatives