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CAIS receives strategic investment from Hamilton Lane

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Opalesque Industry Update - CAIS, the leading alternative investment platform, today announced a strategic investment from Hamilton Lane, a leading private markets investment management firm with more than $901 billion in assets under management and supervision. Hamilton Lane is the latest in a series of CAIS investors that have participated in the most recent financing, including Apollo, Motive Partners, Franklin Templeton, Reverence Capital Partners and Stone Point Ventures, which has resulted in the Company's enterprise valuation exceeding $1.1 billion. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

"We are thrilled to welcome another strong partner that shares our mission to level the playing field for RIAs, independent broker dealers, aggregators, and custodians looking to allocate to alternative investments," said Matt Brown, Founder and CEO of CAIS. "Hamilton Lane brings tremendous value to CAIS as a strategic partner that is well-versed across private markets investing and data-driven innovation."

The new capital will further CAIS's mission to modernize how the independent advisor community can access and learn about alternative investments, while also connecting asset managers with the multi-trillion-dollar private wealth channel. Specifically, CAIS will continue to develop technology, expand its global team, enhance the advisor experience through personalized learning, and automate back-end processes for financial advisors and fund managers alike. It is Hamilton Lane's intention to onboard some of its evergreen and closed-end products to the CAIS platform over time.

"We are seeing significant macroeconomic tailwinds that highlight the urgency for improved access to alternative investments, especially for the independent wealth and non-institutional channels," said Erik Hirsch, Vice Chairman and Head of Strategic Initiatives at Hamilton Lane. "We are big believers that technology can serve as a powerful tool in solving for some of the traditional accessibility challenges, and look forward to supporting CAIS in that shared goal."

The announcement follows CAIS's release of results from an independent survey of financial professionals conducted at the 2022 Morningstar Conference, which validate the industry challenges it is addressing. Most notably, the survey found that more than 80% believed retail investors should have access to alternative investments, 76% argued that the traditional 60/40 portfolio is ineffective or less effective in today's economic climate, and 69% cited a lack of educational resources as a hurdle to navigating private markets.

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