Pantheon Introduces Performance-Based Pricing for the Defined Contribution Market

Groundbreaking fee innovation designed to address plan sponsor concerns

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pantheon, a leading global private equity, infrastructure and real
assets fund investor, today announced that it has introduced
performance-based pricing as an option for its private equity strategies1
targeted at the defined contribution (DC) market.

The innovative fee solution we are announcing today visibly aligns
investors’ interests with Pantheon’s, addresses core plan sponsor
concerns, including costs and potential litigation2, and
it demonstrates the confidence we have in our ability to deliver strong
returns to our investors,” said Kevin Albert, Managing Director at

The U.S. retirement market consists of both defined benefit (DB) and DC
plans, and more than 90 million U.S. citizens are covered by DC plans,
with DC assets in excess of $6.7 trillion3. Historically, DB
plans have outperformed DC plans for reasons that include a shift toward
alternative assets and differing investment fee structures4.
Based on the strong returns the private equity asset class has delivered
in recent years5, Pantheon believes that private equity
strategies have the potential to address the performance delta between
DB and DC plans and merit consideration as a viable investment option by
plan sponsors.

We believe it is essential to take action to close the performance gap
between DB and DC plans. Research shows that 52% of American households
are currently at risk of not having enough to maintain their living
standards during retirement6. Retirees can ill
afford to suffer continued underperformance in their DC plans,”
commented Kevin Albert. “Our view is that private equity has an
important role to play in addressing performance. Our efforts to date in
the DC market focused on tackling structural considerations for
liquidity and valuation; now is the time to further innovate with fee

Pantheon’s Performance Pricing Fee Overview

The performance pricing option applies only to that portion of a
portfolio actually invested in private equity investments (e.g., not
including cash and liquid securities)7. A performance-based
fee is only accrued when the performance of the private assets in the
portfolio beats its benchmark, which is the S&P 500.

Pantheon does not receive all the performance fee it accrued
immediately. When a performance fee is accrued, it is gradually paid to
Pantheon over at least eight calendar quarters. This is so there can be
a reservoir available to reverse performance fee accruals in scenarios
of underperformance. Because Pantheon’s strategy intends to accommodate
periodic trading, and the fee accrued would be reflected in the strategy
NAV8 as of the relevant period, investors will not pay for
performance they did not experience.

This pricing innovation shows the confidence we have in our ability to
generate incremental returns with private equity for 401(k)
participants. This is why we are putting our money where our mouth is:
If we perform, both investors and Pantheon benefit. If we don’t perform,
we both share in that underperformance,” Kevin Albert continued.

Pantheon also announced that it is working with a number of General
Partners, including KKR, to seek to manage the less predictable and
irregular investor capital inflows that can be expected in a DC plan,
and to facilitate efficient deployment.

The need for expedited capital deployment presents some potential
challenges. Our objective is to facilitate efficient GP capital
deployment to reduce potential cash drag, and address the more irregular
capital flows typically experienced by a DC plan,” said Kevin Albert.

Notes to Editors


Pantheon is a leading global private equity, infrastructure and real
assets fund investor that invests on behalf of over 415 individual
institutional investors, including public and private pension plans,
insurance companies, endowments and foundations. Founded 35 years ago,
Pantheon has developed an established reputation in primary and
secondary private asset solutions across all stages and geographies. Our
investment solutions include customized separate account programs,
regional primary fund programs, secondaries, co-investment and
infrastructure programs. Pantheon has 35 years’ experience of investing
in private markets, and has offered Private Equity solutions for the
U.S. DC market since 2014.

As at September 30th, 2016 Pantheon had $35.2 billion assets under
management* and we currently have 223 employees located across our
offices in London, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul** and
Bogotá**. Our employees include 71 investment professionals.

Pantheon is majority-owned by Affiliated Managers Group Inc (“AMG”),
alongside senior members of the Pantheon team. AMG is a NYSE-listed
global asset management company with equity investments in leading
boutique investment management firms. The ownership structure, with
Pantheon management owning a meaningful share of the equity in the
business, provides a framework for long-term succession and enables
Pantheon management to continue to direct the firm’s day-to-day

* This figure includes assets subject to discretionary or
non-discretionary management, advice or those limited to a reporting

** Please note that PV US’s Bogota office is a representative office and
a PV US Korean subsidiary has opened the office in Seoul. These offices
do not provide investment advisory services.

This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United
States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States
absent registration or an exemption from registration.

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1 Private equity strategies refers to the illiquid private
assets investments, including but not limited to, private equity,
infrastructure, real assets and credit.

2 Cerulli Associates, “The Cerulli Report: US Retirement
Markets 2016- Preparing for a New Post-Conflict of Interest Rule”,
December 2016; Callan Associates, Callan Survey: “Spotlight on Fees is
Reshaping Defined Contribution Plans”, January 2017

3 Vanguard, How
America Saves 2016, Vanguard defined contribution plan data”
, June

4 Towers Watson, Defined
Benefit Plans Outperformed Defined Contribution Plans Again”
, May
2013; Cliffwater LLC, An
Examination of State Pension Performance: 2006 to 2015”
, September

5 American Investment Council, “Public
Pension Fund Analysis”
, October 2016; Cliffwater LLC, An
Examination of State Pension Performance: 2006 to 2015”
, September

6 The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, “National
Retirement Risk Index

7 Private equity strategies refers to the illiquid private
assets investments, including but not limited to, private equity,
infrastructure, real assets and credit.

8 Strategy NAV is defined as the value of the private assets


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including potential loss of principal invested. These investments can be
highly illiquid (a private equity holding cannot be purchased or sold as
quickly as shares of listed stock in order to invest participant
contributions or meet participant requests for withdrawals or transfers.
The ability to make daily deposits into the Fund is not guaranteed.),
charge higher fees than other investments, and typically do not grow at
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traded funds (“ETFs”) that are designed to track U.S. large cap equity
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investments may from time to time involve a hedging strategy in order to
seek to protect the value of the ETFs through the use of equity options
or other hedging instruments. Where applicable, investors should be
aware that due to the illiquid nature of private equity it may be
difficult to make withdrawals from the Fund that exceed a significant
percentage of the investor’s investment at any one time, in which case
restrictions may be imposed on the amounts that can be withdrawn in
order to better manage the liquidation of underlying holdings to fund
the withdrawals. Investors should bear in mind that there is no
guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objectives. Past performance is
not necessarily indicative of future results. Future performance is not
guaranteed and a loss of principal may occur. Market and exchange rate
movements may cause the capital value of investments, and the income
from them, to go down as well as up and the investor may not get back
the amount originally invested.

Where applicable, any examples provided in this document on the
performance fee model are intended for illustration purposes only to
demonstrate how the Fund or performance fee will work based on
hypothetical performance of the Fund against the selected benchmark. The
illustrated examples are in no way a reflection of or indicative of
actual future performance of the Fund against the selected benchmark.
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such expectations will prove to be correct, and such forward-looking
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