Singapore’s CapBridge sets up private markets platform for retail investors

Singapore-based online investment platform CapBridge is opening a private market platform for retail investors, enabling them to invest in late-stage growth and pre-IPO deals, according to a press statement.

The platform, named Preferred Access, seeks to lower the barriers of private equity play for Singapore’s retail investors. Capbridge has already secured the approval to extend its activities beyond accredited investors and institutional investors.

Furthermore, the platform will also allow the individuals to access private equity opportunities in order to get higher-market return, without being accredited investors.

“With technology and intelligent deal-sharing, we are now able to better offer and lower the barriers of investing so that more investors can participate in private growth opportunities. This is timely given the relatively more volatile global economy today,” said Johnson Chen, founder and CEO of CapBridge.

According to McKinsey & Company’s latest report on private market, the private equity’s net asset value has grown more than seven-fold since 2002, twice as fast as global public equities. On the other hand, the number of publicly traded firms in the US fell by 16% from 5,100 to 4,300, with some large investors now allocating to private markets in order to get diversified exposure to global growth.

CapBridge’s Preferred Access will focus on certain private equity investment deals such as pre-IPO or late-stage growth private companies with firm exit or liquidity plans; convertible or redeemable securities with a clearly-defined structure for return on investment; as well as co-investments alongside expert lead professional investors.

The private investment opportunities on CapBridge comprise private companies raising capital for the next stage of growth usually suited and interested in a partial-liquidity private listing on 1exchange, Singapore’s private securities exchange.

CapBridge also enables retail investors to participate in the fundraising of these growth companies.

The investments by retail investors will be carried out through a special purpose holding vehicle that will invest and hold underlying assets in the private equity deal offered on the CapBridge platform.

 

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.