Kudu Investment Management picks minority stake in credit specialist Radcliffe

January 11, 2022


udu Investment Management, a provider of capital solutions to asset and wealth managers, has acquired a minority holding in credit specialist Radcliffe Capital Management and its affiliates. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 1996, Pennsylvania-based Radcliffe specialises in defensive credit and opportunistic strategies. The firm manages $3.5bn on behalf of its institutional and high-net-worth (HNW) customers worldwide. Its strategies comprise Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) portfolios and Business Development Company (BDC) bond, and short and ultra-short duration bond.

Commenting on the deal, Radcliffe founding partner and CIO Steve Katznelson said: “Radcliffe has a strong global client base and specialized strategies. Kudu’s global perspective and support will help us prudently expand our reach to institutions and high-net-worth families.”

Kudu CEO Rob Jakacki added: “Our investment in Radcliffe represents a terrific opportunity to diversify our portfolio. “We have long admired Radcliffe’s management team, distinct defensive investment philosophy, proven track record of performance, and focus on measured growth.”

To date, Kudu invested in 19 asset and wealth management partner firms domiciled in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. These include the firm’s strategic investment in Sequoia Financial Group last year and a minority investment in impact investing manager Creation Investments Capital Management in April 2020. As of 30 September 2021, Kudu-affiliated asset and wealth managers collectively invested $84bn for its individual and institutional investors globally.

Established in 2015, Kudu focuses on providing long-term capital solutions, including management buyouts, generational ownership transfers, acquisition and growth finance, and liquidity for legacy partners, to asset and wealth managers around the globe.

The firm currently manages more than $650m in capital commitments.