6 Unique Use Cases for SPVs
Private markets are quickly evolving, creating both challenges and opportunities for fund managers and their investors. At the same time, Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) are becoming an important tool for private market participants.
Angel groups, solo GPs, emerging managers, family offices and investor communities are turning to SPVs to get deals done quickly and cost effectively.
Even institutional sized investors and large VCs are paying attention to SPVs- we predict that eventually these institutions will offer their clients access to SPVs in order to stay competitive.
Although SPVs have been around for a long time, they’ve become more cost effective over the past few years due to digital platforms such as Allocations. The use of SPVs opens up opportunities for investors of all sizes.
The average SPV size and average check size on Allocations has decreased over the past year. This demonstrates a shift to a more democratized economy through group investing.
So why are fund managers using SPVs?
- Access to larger deals
As Allocations’ range of clients expands, so do the use cases of SPVs. Traditionally, SPVs are used for direct investments into early to late-stage start-ups. But through Allocations, investors have been able to use SPVs for more creative asset classes.
Here are 6 unique ways our clients have utilized SPVs through Allocations.
1. SPV in Fund
Typically, funds have high minimum check sizes - often $250K- $1M for smaller funds. Utilizing an SPV into a fund allows fund managers and angel groups to invest into deals they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.
Long Angle- a community of high net worth investors- have utilized SPVs through Allocations to invest into large funds by pooling capital to gain access to larger deals.
SPVs make it easy for angel groups, investor communities and fund managers to diversify and expand their portfolios to larger investments.
2. SPV in SPAC
A SPAC - also known as a "blank check company"- is a shell corporation listed on a stock exchange with the purpose of acquiring a private company, thus making it public without going through the traditional initial public offering process.
Why would fund managers use SPVs to invest into a SPAC?
To provide access to investment opportunities for LPs and investors.
Let’s say for example there is an investment minimum for the main SPAC. Fund managers can set up an SPV, allowing them to accept smaller checks from investors who can’t meet the SPAC investment minimum.
Monterey Capital Acquisition Corp., a SPAC targeting the clean energy transition space, recently went public. Prithvi Ventures swiftly set up an SPV on Allocations and invested in Monterey Capital before its listing.
3. SPV into SPV
SPVs are becoming varied in size and more accessible to more investors. More recently, we’ve seen a trend of SPVs into SPVs- the ultimate democratization of private equity deals.
As we’ve seen with SPVs into funds or SPACs, this allows for aggregating smaller cheque investors (ex. scouts, employees, advisors, customers),specifically those that cannot meet the investment minimums of the primary SPV (which at times have a higher minimum investment requirement).
For example- there may be an SPV deal on the market with a minimum investment of $10M. A fund manager may build an SPV to invest into that SPV with investment minimums as low as $1,000. This lowers the barriers to access the original SPV and provides access to folks with lower investment capital.
Fund managers including Genesis Accel and Abbey Road have been able to structure these deals seamlessly and cost effectively through Allocations.
4. Real Estate SPV
Just as SPVs give investors access to more startups & companies, SPVs into Real Estate give investors access to larger real estate deals. Real Estate SPVs allow a group of investors to pool their capital and invest in properties that have investment minimums.
How have Allocations’ clients used SPVs to invest in real estate deals?
- REETz Club's SPV into Driftwood Capital's offering of Hotel Rumbao
- Long Angle’s SPV for an apartment community development in Denver, CO
- Ben Way, founder of Rainmakers Inc, raised a $2M SPV to invest in a property development project in Tulum, Mexico
Fund managers are just beginning to scratch the surface of utilizing SPVs for real estate investments.
Historically, fund managers would need to raise at least $1M to make an SPV cost efficient, but with the emergence of digital platforms like Allocations, fund managers can now use SPVs for much smaller group investments.
MicroSPVs open doors for a whole new group of smaller, diversified investors and LPs. As we continue to democratize private markets, we expect to see the average SPV size trend down as we power more MicroSPVs.
6. SPV into any asset class
These are just a few examples of how clients have used SPVs to invest in a variety of assets.
With full customization, Allocations can support SPVs into any asset class. Here are a few we've powered on our platform:
- SPV in Acquisitions
- SPV in LBO
- SPV in Whiskey Asset
- SPV in Aviation
- SPV in Art
- SPV in Public Stock
- SPV in Trading Cards
- SPV in Musical Instruments
- SPV in Music & Art Festivals
- SPV in Professional Sports Leagues
SPVs are a long term trend- one we see radically changing the landscape of private markets investing. We are still in the early adoption stage of SPVs- it’s likely there will be a rapid increase in use cases for SPVs on the market as angel groups, fund managers and investor communities begin to understand the benefits and power of SPVs.
Connect with our team to learn about custom SPVs and how you can get started today: allocations.com/contact
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