Artivest Partners with BlackRock for Expanded Alternative Investment Access

Sep 29 2016 | 10:50pm ET

Technology-driven alternative investment platform Artivest has partnered with BlackRock to expand investor access to alternative investments. 

The companies have inked a deal whereby Artivest will provide broader distribution and efficient access to BlackRock’s alternative investment strategies to an expanded segment of qualified investors through their advisors, according to a statement. Using the Artivest platform, RIA’s will be able to access BlackRock’s private infrastructure investment opportunities with ease, efficiency and high-touch service. 

Artivest’s technology-driven investment platform connects a wider audience of investors with alternative investment opportunities that have traditionally been available only to institutional investors. 

The BlackRock / Artivest partnership will provide the advisor community with: 

  • A custom site for convenient, secure review of select BlackRock offerings
  • Specialized access funds for lower-minimum investing
  • Streamlined online processes for client onboarding and reporting
  • Educational content and full-service support to make complex strategies more accessible

“This relationship is a first-of-its kind for BlackRock and highlights our continued focus on providing leading portfolio solutions to our advisors and their clients,” said Hollie Fagan, head of BlackRock’s RIA business, in the statement. “RIAs in particular are placing a greater emphasis on illiquid alternatives to insulate their clients from market volatility while seeking to deliver competitive market returns.

“We are honored that BlackRock has chosen Artivest to help expand and improve advisors’ access to alternatives for their qualified clients,” added James Waldinger, founder and CEO of Artivest. “BlackRock is not only the largest asset manager, but is also among the industry’s leading innovators. We’re thrilled to be working together with their world-class team to bring next-generation alternative investment solutions to BlackRock’s vast network of advisory clients at scale.”

“Over the past several years we’ve seen a growth in interest in infrastructure from advisors and their qualified investors looking for opportunities that potentially provide differentiated sources of return over the long term,” said Jim Barry, global head of BlackRock Real Assets. “Through this partnership, we will be able to offer a larger segment of investors streamlined and more cost-effective access to illiquid infrastructure opportunities.”

BlackRock, which has been managing alternatives for more than three decades, has approximately $120 billion in assets under management across alternative investment strategies. It is largest asset manager in the world with AUM over $4.89 trillion. 

Founded in 2012, New York-based Artivest offers access to a select assortment of premier private equity, hedge funds and other alternative investment funds at lower minimums via a proprietary, technology-driven investment platform.  The company raised $15 million in a May 2015 Series A funding round led by private equity firm KKR.

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