NEW YORK, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pomona Capital, a global private equity firm founded in 1994 that has $8.1 billion in capital commitments across its sponsored-funds and separate accounts, announces the launch of Pomona Investment Fund, distributed by Voya Investments Distributor, LLC. With a $25,000 minimum subscription requirement and an investor friendly tax reporting structure, the fund is designed to give accredited investors easier access to private equity investing.
Pomona Investment Fund seeks to offer broad exposure to a portfolio of private equity investments managed by experienced general partners. The majority of its investments are planned for secondary interests in seasoned private equity funds, with a supplementary focus on primary and direct commitments. Similar to Pomona's institutional fund offerings, the fund's strategy seeks the long-term capital appreciation associated with private equity with a lower risk profile.
"To date, liquidity and other structural and regulatory challenges have made it more difficult for individuals to gain exposure to alternative assets," said Michael Granoff, CEO of Pomona Capital. "The private equity industry in general is now evolving as we shift from a 'defined benefit' retirement universe to a 'defined contribution' construct and we think this fund and strategy provides an approach that may be appropriate for many investors. Furthermore, as an alternative investment, Pomona Investment Fund can complement and potentially improve the risk/reward characteristic of an investment portfolio with a user-friendly structure that provides transparency and investor safeguards."
Pomona is an early pioneer in the secondary private equity market with more than 20 years of experience in providing liquidity solutions to investors seeking to sell, reduce the number of, or re-deploy private equity assets within their private portfolios. By concentrating on secondary private equity, Pomona Investment Fund seeks to minimize the blind pool risk and the j-curve often associated with primary private equity investments.
Pomona Capital is the private equity platform for Voya Investment Management.
"We are excited to offer this new fund to financial advisors and their clients," said Jeff Becker, CEO of Voya Investment Management. "By providing access to private equity, primarily through secondary investments, Pomona Investment Fund offers clients investment opportunities not generally available through traditional asset classes."
Pomona Investment Fund, a newly formed, non-diversified, closed-end management company, is registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940. For more information on the Pomona Investment Fund, please visit investments.voya.com/Pomona.
About Pomona Capital
Pomona Capital is a global private equity firm that has $8.1 billion in capital commitments across its sponsored-funds and separate accounts since being founded in 1994. Pomona manages a series of secondary, primary and co-investment strategies for a global group of over 350 sophisticated investors. Pomona Capital has invested in partnership interests in more than 600 private equity funds, diversified across the entire spectrum of private equity, with investments in 5,500+ companies. Pomona Capital's team is based in New York, London and Hong Kong. Pomona's capital capacity and global reach are enhanced by a strategic partnership with Voya Investment Management.
About Voya Investment Management
A leading, active asset management firm, Voya Investment Management manages, as of March 31, 2015, more than $200 billion for affiliated and external institutions as well as individual investors. With 40 years of history in asset management, Voya Investment Management has the experience and resources to provide clients with investment solutions with an emphasis on equities, fixed income, and multi-asset strategies and solutions. For more information, visit voyainvestments.com. Follow Voya Investment Management on Twitter @VoyaInvestments.
About Voya Financial®
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE : VOYA ), is composed of premier retirement, investment and insurance companies serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. The company's vision is to be America's Retirement CompanyTM and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today — retirement readiness. Working directly with clients and through a broad group of financial intermediaries, independent producers, affiliated advisors and dedicated sales specialists, Voya provides a comprehensive portfolio of asset accumulation, asset protection and asset distribution products and services. With a dedicated workforce of approximately 6,500 employees, Voya is grounded in a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time. For more information, visit voya.com or view our Voya Financial Interactive Company Profile. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.
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