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GAM LSA Private Shares AU Fund

GAM LSA Private Shares AU Fund is a late-stage venture capital (VC) strategy, managed by established US private markets group, Liberty Street Advisors. The fund provides access to a diversified portfolio of leading privately-owned companies that are in the final non-public funding rounds. With a focus on late stage high-growth innovation companies, the fund aims to back already-successful companies with established market share, strong management boards and proven products. Investors aim to participate in the potential appreciation of these dynamic private companies whilst they are under private ownership.


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“Over the last decade there has been a significant increase in the valuation of many of these private venture-backed companies. Investors have an opportunity to gain access to these companies while they are still private and benefit from potential future growth.”
Christian Munafo, CIO, Liberty Street Advisers

Investment Team

The fund is managed by Liberty Street Advisors, an established US manager with experience of running a similar strategy since 2014.
Kevin Moss, Managing Director, Christian Munafo, Chief Investment Officer and Jonas Grankvist, Director are responsible for investment management, risk oversight and operational control of the fund. All portfolio investment decisions require their unanimous approval.
The investment management team works closely with a group of analysts. Transparency is encouraged at all levels, and the team is bound together by a highly collaborative, tight-knit culture, with interaction and knowledge sharing across team members.

“Pre-IPO companies are a really important and dynamic part of the market to which we believe as wide a range of investors as possible should have exposure.”

Kevin Moss
President & Portfolio Manager, Liberty Street Advisors, Inc
Christian Munafo
Chief Investment Officer, Liberty Street Advisors, Inc
Jonas Grankvist
Managing Director, Liberty Street Advisors, Inc.

Philosophy and Process

Investment Philosophy and Approach

The team believes that late-stage, private growth companies can present an attractive balance of risk and return for investors, compared to early-stage venture investments and public equities. The team seeks to exploit this opportunity using a rigorous investment process, focused on intensive due diligence of companies and stringent investments criteria. Their long-term track record in the industry enables them to make both primary and secondary investments into private companies and offer risk-adjusted returns for clients.

Investment Process

The team’s investment process focuses on the stringent due diligence of VC-backed companies, firstly monitoring an extensive universe of private technology and innovation companies across multiple sectors. Their use of proprietary databases and extensive network of relationships across the VC ecosystem enable them to identify high-performing companies, using direct and indirect origination channels to identify investment opportunities.  Their in-depth due diligence focuses on qualitative and quantitative data, confidential public and private information and meetings with management, key investors and domain experts. After unanimous Investment Committee (IC) approval, investments are made to build a diversified portfolio of companies that are actively monitored and expected to generate capital appreciation through exits such as IPOs, M&A activity, secondary sales and direct listings.

Current Holdings


As of 29 September 2023



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