Swiss bank Syz Group has expanded its business capabilities with the launch of a private markets unit.
Syz Capital, which is the fourth business arm of the group, will provide thematic funds and co-investment vehicles, as well as advisory services around financing solutions and capital structuring.
To be co-managed by Marc Syz (pictured) and Olivier Maurice, the new unit will operate through a partnership model aimed at attracting private market specialists. This will be supported by a large advisory network of private equity specialists, debt and real estate practitioners, as well as recognised industry experts.
The offering is underpinned by two pillars, which are a diversified, multi-manager fund, that uses a proprietary asset allocation model to assess absolute and relative value opportunities, while being cognisant of market cycles.
The second pillar focuses on growth investment opportunities such as buy-and-build strategies, where sector leaders can be created by consolidating a fragmented market. It will team up with established and experienced family businesses - embedded in industries and possessing deep operational knowledge - to maximise value creation.
While private markets represent an important part of the world economy, they are difficult for most investors to access. Out of the $80trn investable assets, private markets represent approximately $5.1trn, including private equity, private debt and real assets.
Eric Syz, CEO of Syz Group said: "Syz Capital is the latest evolutionary step for Syz Group. It demonstrates we are continually breaking the mould and innovating for our clients. With Syz Capital, we aim to democratise private equity investments.
"Our client base is mainly composed of entrepreneurs, who understand the real economic impact of investing in private companies; it means sharing a vision and benefiting from the growth generated by a successful business model. Many of our clients have built great companies, creating economic growth and jobs, not only because they had good ideas, but also because they were supported by financial partners that shared the same vision."