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Legal & General: Venture capital investment programme ahead of target; expects to invest in over 200 companies by end of 2018

Legal & General today confirmed that its Venture Capital and SME investment programme, which also includes its innovative "SE-Assist" product for social enterprises, has now made investments in over 100 UK-based companies, and is on track to double that number during 2018.

7 Nov 2017


  • Over 100 investments made in UK companies in first full year of operations
  • Investee companies now have total Enterprise Value of over £10bn
  • Investments managed by seven partner managers
  • 80% of investments into UK-based companies; emphasis on technology and healthcare outside London
  • Legal & General’s VC Investment programme now over half deployed

Early-stage companies which have benefited from Legal & General’s VC funding now have a combined Enterprise Value of over £10bn. Prime areas of focus have included technology, analytics, life sciences and digital healthcare, with a particular emphasis on investments in companies located outside London.

Legal & General’s VC investment programme is conducted alongside seven partner-managers. These include OSI (Oxford Sciences Innovation), CIC (Cambridge Innovation Capital), ADV (Accelerated Digital Ventures), a joint venture with British Business bank which specialises in investee companies outside the London-Oxford-Cambridge triangle, Atomico, Anthemis, Kindred and Balderton.

In addition, Legal & General provides debt finance to SMEs through its £2bn AUM (and growing) Pemberton investment.

Laura Mason, Director of Direct Investments at Legal & General Capital, commented: "Our £12bn regeneration programme for UK cities showed that, alongside investment in physical infrastructure, we need more patient capital for growth businesses. Our universities are great at research, but less good at commercialising new technology. Our entrepreneurs are great at start-ups but often struggle to scale up. We want more companies listing onto the London Stock Exchange. There is a fantastic opportunity for DB and DC pension schemes to help support this with an allocation to patient capital investments. In return for a relatively modest capital commitment, we have been able to already help over 100 companies that could otherwise get caught in the "funding gap" above the EIS/VCT stage of development. We are about half way through our investment programme and expect to hit the 200 company-mark during 2018."

Legal & General as capital providers for UK industry

Legal & General has a strong track record of providing capital for the UK’s growth businesses.

In the UK small cap market, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) is one of the leading providers of finance for quoted Technology companies under £200m.

In addition to its Venture Capital investments, LGC has a 40% stake in Pemberton, the independent alternative asset manager focussed on direct lending to European mid-market corporates. Following on from raising one of Europe’s largest ever first time manager private debt funds (at €1.2bn) and winning Global Fund Manager of the Year at the 2016 Private Debt Investor awards, Pemberton is now raising multiple new fund offerings including a UK Mid-Market Direct Lending Fund.

Further information

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Olivia Bayliss

Head of Communications

Capital and LGIM Real Assets

Notes to editors

Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. With almost £1.3 trillion in total assets under management*, we are the UK’s largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes and a UK market leader in pension risk transfer, alternative asset origination, life insurance, 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 30 June 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)