HarbourVest backs Bridgepoint restructuring – exclusive

The deal involves moving several assets from Bridgepoint's €4.8bn crisis-era fund into a separate vehicle.

HarbourVest Partners is leading the restructuring of Bridgepoint‘s €4.8 billion crisis-era fund, Secondaries Investor has learned.

The investment firm is backing a process that involves moving some of the assets held in Bridgepoint Europe IV into a separate vehicle, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

It is understood that Hamilton Lane is co-investing in the deal.

The size of the deal is unclear. One of the sources said it involves more than €1 billion in net asset value, while another said the figure is under €1 billion.

The transaction is being priced at par to NAV based on a 30 June valuation date, two of the sources said.

The deal has almost closed, according to one of the sources.

Secondaries Investor reported in June that Bridgepoint, one of the UK’s biggest private equity firms, was working with advisor Moelis on the process.

Bridgepoint IV holds eight assets and one partially exited asset including Cambridge Education Group, a specialist provider of foundation programmes and English language training; Dr Gerard, a Polish biscuit maker; and Hobbycraft, a UK out-of-town art and craft retailer, according to an investment document for the fund presented to the Nebraska Investment Council in March last year.

It is unclear which assets were moved into the separate vehicle.

Bridgepoint is owner of Secondaries Investor parent company PEI Media.

Investors that committed to Bridgepoint IV include Finland’s Elo Mutual Insurance CompanyKodak Pension Plan and State of Michigan Retirement Systems, according to PEI data.

HarbourVest and Hamilton Lane are both in market seeking capital for their flagship secondaries funds. Boston-headquartered HarbourVest wants to raise $6.5 billion for Dover Street X, while Bala Cynwyd-headquartered Hamilton Lane is seeking $3 billion for Secondary Fund V.

Bridgepoint, HarbourVest and Moelis declined to comment. Hamilton Lane did not return a request for comment by press time.