Legal & General Capital (LGC) announces the appointment of Peter Maher as Head of Venture Capital (VC) Investing, supporting the growth of its SME Growth Equity platform.
19 May 2021
Within its VC platform, LGC now has 20 active funds under management, worth £230 million, having added 5 new funds to its portfolio over the last 12 months.
Through its SME Growth Equity platform, LGC has continued to invest in the real economy via start-up businesses in the UK and Europe. During a challenging time for smaller scale companies and newly formed businesses, LGC has remained committed to providing funding for over 300 companies, delivering enhanced returns whilst boosting job creation.
As part of its wider commitment to fostering innovation and technology advancements, LGC’s portfolio includes major European and global VC funds such as Balderton Capital, LocalGlobe, Dawn Capital and Sofinnova Partners, as well as NorthZone which incubated Hopin, the virtual events platform which became the fastest European “double unicorn” in history.
Peter has joined LGC from Cambridge Associates’ London office, where he led the team dedicated to European private equity, growth equity, VC fund manager origination, evaluation, and execution. Prior to that, he managed investment portfolios for private families in the US and Europe as a Director in Cambridge Associates’ Boston office. In his new role at LGC, Peter will develop and implement the strategy for LGC Venture Capital’s next stage of growth across all its existing and future VC investments.
Jasan Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Principal Investing: "As we look to continue to grow and strengthen our Venture Capital investment arm, we are delighted to welcome Peter to the team. Peter brings with him extensive experience in originating VC investments and will help us continue to invest in new ground-breaking technologies and research which will help deliver job creation whilst ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of innovation."
Notes to editors
Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK's leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with over £1.4 trillion in total assets under management* of which a third is international. We also provide powerful asset origination capabilities. Together, these underpin our leading retirement and protection solutions: we are a leading international player in pension risk transfer, in UK and US life insurance, and in UK workplace pensions and retirement income. Through inclusive capitalism, we aim to build a better society by investing in long-term assets that benefit everyone.
*at 31 Dec 2021
Legal & General Capital (LGC) is Legal & General Group’s alternative asset platform, creating assets for Legal & General Retirement and third-party clients in order to achieve improved risk-adjusted returns for our shareholders. LGC has built its capabilities in a range of alternative sectors, including in residential property; specialist commercial real estate; clean energy; alternative credit; and venture capital, which are all supported by long-term structural growth drivers, meet a financing gap and respond to a scarcity of supply that is underpinned by enduring societal needs.
Its purpose is to invest society’s capital for society’s benefit. Investing in the real economy and supporting the Group’s focus on climate and inclusive capitalism, LGC’s investments create jobs, change lives and contribute towards a net zero carbon future.
Legal & General has invested over £29bn in levelling-up regional economies, including through major UK-wide regeneration schemes and has recently made a commitment to enable all its new homes to operate at net zero carbon emissions from 2030.
(As of June 2021)