Alt Goes Mainstream: The Latest on Alternative Investments, WealthTech, & Private Markets

Welcome back to the Alt Goes Mainstream podcast.

Today’s episode features a masterclass in private markets from a guest who has seen it all.

Jim Strang is a deeply experienced private equity professional who has been part of the industry as a GP, LP, investor, consultant, and now a teacher, board member, and advisor to a number of firms.

I’d probably have to spend a good few pages going through everything that Jim has done and is currently doing in private markets. He’s a practitioner and a teacher, an expert and an operator. After an illustrious career that was punctuated as Chairman EMEA of Hamilton Lane, one of the largest LPs in private markets globally, he now serves in a number of board and advisor roles, which include Chairman of the Board at HgCapital Trust plc, Senior Advisor to CVC Capital Partners, Advisor at Bain & Company, and Director at Pictet Alternative Advisors.

Jim and I had a fascinating conversation about the evolution of private markets and what the future holds for large and small funds alike, as well as LPs. We discussed:
  • The step function changes that take private markets from $15T to $30T of AUM.
  • Why traditional asset managers may struggle to replicate the capabilities of alternative asset managers in private markets.
  • The importance of partnerships having a clear ambition and alignment if they want to build a scaled platform.
  • The challenges that managers in the middle face as large platforms and specialist managers are the differentiated firms in the eyes of LPs.
  • Why GPs need to find innovative solutions to address the needs of different types of investors.
  • Why building a strong brand is crucial to success in the wealth channel.
Thanks Jim for coming on the show to share your wisdom and experience on private markets.

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Show Notes
00:00 Introduction and Sponsor Message
02:06 Podcast Theme Song
02:44 Guest Introduction: Jim Strang
02:52 Jim Strang's Career Overview
05:35 State of Private Markets: Challenges and Opportunities
08:04 Fundraising Dynamics in Private Equity
11:25 European Private Equity: Evolution and Insights
15:01 Scaling Challenges and Ambitions in Private Equity
25:41 Technology and Innovation in Private Equity
32:47 Challenges in Organizational Analysis
33:56 Psychological Assessments in Investment Decisions
35:48 Effective Questioning Techniques for LPs
36:29 Transparency and Culture in Investment Firms
37:34 Evolution of Asset Management
38:41 Public vs. Private Asset Managers
40:27 Generational Shifts in Private Equity Firms
44:12 Growth and Democratization of Private Markets
48:40 Liquidity Challenges in Private Markets
54:45 Quick Fire Round: Insights on Private Markets
01:00:10 Entertainment Investments: Music Royalties and Sports
01:04:02 Conclusion and Final Thoughts

What is Alt Goes Mainstream: The Latest on Alternative Investments, WealthTech, & Private Markets?

Alt Goes Mainstream podcast is the place to turn to for interviews with some of the brightest and most experienced minds in the world of alternative investing, private equity (PE), venture capital (VC), real estate, crypto, collectibles and more. For anyone looking to invest into alternative assets (from experienced wealth managers to family offices to the individual investor looking for a more diversified investment portfolio), you’ll hear inside stories from executives and founders at some of the world’s largest financial institutions, alternative investment firms, and FinTech startups. More than a personal finance podcast, Alt Goes Mainstream dives deep into trends, investment strategies, firm building lessons, and innovative technologies that are enabling investors to access private markets and invest into alternative assets.