Saints is an investment firm dedicated to providing liquidity to investors in private companies. Saints formed its first fund in 2000, and was a pioneer as a direct secondary fund. Since 2000, Saints has provided liquidity to General Partners and their Limited Partners in Venture Capital and Private Equity funds, to founders and early employees of venture-capital backed companies, and to financial institutions (banks, hedge funds and corporations) who have portfolios of private investments that they have wanted to sell. Saints prides itself on being honest with sellers about pricing and ability to close as well as being flexible in structuring a transaction to meet the needs of a seller—our deals are often structured and can include loans, deferred payments and upside sharing.
About The Direct Secondary Market
A direct secondary refers to the buying and selling of an investor’s ownership in a privately held, frequently venture capital or private equity backed company. Distinct from the limited partner secondary market, the direct secondary market is characterized by a transfer of a directly held ownership interest in a company rather than a transfer of a fund interest or indirect ownership stake. The direct secondary market creates an option for management and investors to sell their stock when the entire company is not being sold. Investment stakes can be sold in a single company or across an entire portfolio of companies. A secondary transaction can be an important source of liquidity in a variety of situations, including:
- Venture capital funds that are at the end of their fund life
- Venture funds with insufficient reserve capital to support their portfolio
- Providing liquidity to founders and early employees in companies whose exit timelines have been extended
- Hedge funds seeking liquidity for side-pocket funds
The combination of our team’s years of experience and with over $1 billion in assets under management, a track record of over 15 years and investments in over 200 companies, Saints is the oldest and one of the largest direct secondary investors.