Hamilton Lane’s $2.1 Billion Fund Opens to Individual Investors On Polygon Via Securitize

Polygon Labs
January 31, 2023
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Hamilton Lane’s $2.1 billion flagship fund is opening its doors to individual investors by leveraging Securitize’s tokenization platform on the Polygon network.

Hamilton Lane, a leading global investment firm with $823.9 billion of assets under management and supervision, is making a portion of its Equity Opportunities Fund V accessible to individual investors via a new Securitize feeder fund. The tokenized fund offers a way for individuals to access historically high-performing private equity asset class, with minimum investments reduced from an average of $5 million to just $20,000.

The feeder fund is offered by Securitize to qualified investors with at least $5 million in assets, of which there are nearly two million in the US alone. Securitize is a pioneering fintech platform democratizing access to alternative investments, including private equity through tokenization.

Together, Securitize and Hamilton Lane intend to launch two more feeder funds in the coming months. Most value is created when businesses are privately held, and companies are now remaining private longer than ever. Securitize’s platform enables people to invest in private markets assets, such as the new Hamilton Lane tokenized fund, a $25 million fine art fund (also tokenized on Polygon), and in private companies doing initial capital raises – all consistent with U.S. regulations.

Tokenization is opening up opportunities to a new class of investors by digitizing assets as tokens on the blockchain. Historically, high-performing assets have remained illiquid and enjoyed mainly by major institutions, sovereign wealth funds, and university endowments. Tokenization, and subsequent fractional ownership of assets, give buyers access to more investment options and benefit the seller by expanding the client base.

“The tokenization of private funds is a massive leap forward for investors and fund managers – a broader pool of investors enticed by greater opportunity and disintermediation – but also for the greater understanding that practical applications of blockchain will make a marked difference in democratizing financial opportunity,” said Colin Butler, Global Head of Institutional Capital at Polygon Labs. “Polygon makes these asset classes accessible, secure, and scalable, and frankly, the Polygon network is being built to become the home of global financial markets.”

Launched in June 2022, Equity Opportunity Fund V has registered a double-digit gross internal rate of return, providing investors with diversified exposure to unique and differentiated deals through an efficient fee structure. The shares in the feeder fund are tokenized on low-cost, high-speed, carbon-neutral Polygon network.

The Polygon ecosystem is home to tens of thousands of decentralized applications, including some of the most prominent DeFi players such as Aave, Quickswap, OpenSea, and Uniswap V3. Major companies like Adobe, Stripe, and Robinhood have also turned to the Polygon network as their entry point to Web3.

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