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The Zug-based private markets investment firm is plotting a final closing around the end of the year, approximately the same time as its nearest rival.
Will Smalley joined in July after nearly four years at Coller Capital.
The Dune Capital Management co-founder exited his interests for at least $4m to comply with conflict of interest rules.
Brexit, the Trump administration and concerns in emerging markets are the biggest challenges to investing this year, according to the secondaries firm's founder and chief investment officer.
The two deals were worth almost $2bn combined and represent the largest secondaries transaction in the asset class this year.
The 80% invested fund has closed 26 secondaries deals.
The investment bank's analysis of the first half suggests that 2017 could break records on a number of fronts.
The Singapore-based hire will focus on direct and secondaries investments in the asset class.
The latest record fundraising figures across alternative asset classes show CIOs continue to see private investments, and not just private equity, as the most compelling in the long term.
The real estate secondaries space is challenging for established players, let alone for new entrant Neuberger Berman.