Allianz puts its faith in private equity

by Mitul Patel

  • 21 Jan 2010
  • PE

In the last few months, Allianz Capital Partners has incorporated the individual divisions of Allianz that are responsible for investments in private equity, infrastructure and renewable energy into one organisation with a combined investment allocation of EUR 15 billion. Private equity accounts for over half of these investments, with a current allocation of EUR 8 billion. Allianz has traditionally viewed private equity as an important asset class for its investment purposes, and through its fund of funds program has become a leading investor in European buyout vehicles.

ACP plans to double its exposure to private equity in the coming years, in a move that shows Allianz’s strong backing for the asset class. Although it has not set a strict time line by when it aims to reach its proposed allocation of EUR 16 billion, the move is one that shows Allianz’s faith in the nature of private equity investments. It believes that the long-term nature of investments in the asset class will enable stronger returns than current investments in more traditional asset classes.

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