The Private Shares Fund seeks capital appreciation by focusing on investments in late-stage, venture-backed private companies. As compared to startups and earlier-stage venture companies, these companies have more established product lines and customer bases, and typically have displayed revenue growth. The Private Shares Fund’s strategy is to participate in the potential appreciation of these dynamic pre-lPO companies.
The Private Shares Fund investment management team monitors an extensive universe of private technology and innovation companies across multiple sectors while staying attuned to significant trends in the marketplace. By utilizing proprietary databases and deep relationships across the venture ecosystem, we look to identify opportunities involving high-performing companies with strong investor syndicates. Each of these companies will undergo an in-depth analysis of many factors that are likely to influence both capital appreciation and the ultimate exit outcome. Once the evaluation process is complete, the investment team will negotiate terms and determine the appropriate allocation based on portfolio construction modeling.
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*Class A (PRIVX) inception date 3/25/14, Class I (PIIVX) inception date 11/17/17, Class L (PRLVX) inception date 5/11/18. Russell 2000 ITD based on A Share inception of 3/25/14.
Returns vary per share class. Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. For performance as of the most recent month-end, please call 1-855-551-5510. Some of the Fund’s fees were waived or expenses paid by the Advisor; otherwise, returns would have been lower. Per the Fund’s current prospectus dated May 1, 2023, the Fund’s total gross expenses are 2.49%, 2.44%, and 2.72% for the Class A, I, and L shares respectively. The Fund’s total net expenses are 2.68%, 2.43%, and 2.93% for the Class A, I, and L Shares respectively. The Fund’s advisor has contractually agreed to waive fees and/or pay operating expenses, excluding taxes, interest, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses, and extraordinary expenses, such that total expenses do not exceed 2.65%, 2.40%, and 2.90% for the Class A, I, and L shares respectively. The agreement with the Advisor is in place through May 2, 2024. Net expenses are applicable to investors. Performance results with load reflect the deduction of the 5.75% maximum front end sales charge for Class A Shares and 4.25% for the Class L Shares.
As of December 9, 2020, Liberty Street Advisors, Inc. became the adviser to the Fund. The Fund’s portfolio managers did not change. Effective April 30, 2021, the Fund changed its name from the “SharesPost 100 Fund” to “The Private Shares Fund.” Effective July 7, 2021, the Fund made changes to its investment strategy. In addition to directly investing in private companies, the Fund may also invest in private investments in public equity (“PIPEs”) where the issuer is a special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”), and profit sharing agreements. The Fund’s investment thesis has not changed.
Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. For a prospectus with this and other information about The Private Shares Fund (the "Fund"), please download here, or call 1-855-551-5510. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.
The investment minimums are $2,500 for the Class A Share and Class L Share, and $1,000,000 for the Institutional Share
Investment in the Fund involves substantial risk. The Fund is not suitable for investors who cannot bear the risk of loss of all or part of their investment. The Fund is appropriate only for investors who can tolerate a high degree of risk and do not require a liquid investment. The Fund has no history of public trading and investors should not expect to sell shares other than through the Fund's repurchase policy regardless of how the Fund performs. The Fund does not intend to list its shares on any exchange and does not expect a secondary market to develop.
All investing involves risk including the possible loss of principal. Shares in the Fund are highly illiquid, and can be sold by shareholders only in the quarterly repurchase program of the Fund which allows for up to 5% of the Fund's outstanding shares at NAV to be redeemed each quarter. Due to transfer restrictions and the illiquid nature of the Fund's investments, you may not be able to sell your shores when, or in the amount that, you desire. The Fund intends to primarily invest in securities of private, late-stage, venture-backed growth companies. There are significant potential risks relating to investing in such securities. Because most of the securities in which the Fund invests are not publicly traded, the Fund's investments will be valued by Liberty Street Advisors, Inc. (the "Investment Adviser") pursuant to fair valuation procedures and methodologies adopted by the Board of Trustees. While the Fund and the Investment Adviser will use good faith efforts to determine the fair value of the Fund's securities, value will be based on the parameters set forth by the prospectus. As a consequence, the value of the securities, and therefore the Fund's Net Asset Value (NAV), may vary.
There are significant potential risks associated with investing in venture capital and private equitybacked companies with complex capitol structures. The Fund focuses its investments in a limited number of securities, which could subject it to greater risk than that of a larger, more varied portfolio. There is a greater focus in technology securities that could adversely affect the Fund’s performance. The Fund's quarterly repurchase policy may require the Fund to liquidate portfolio holdings earlier than the Investment Adviser would otherwise do so and may also result in on increase in the Fund's expense ratio. Portfolio holdings of private companies that become publicly traded likely will be subject to more volatile market fluctuations than when private, and the Fund may not be able to sell shares at favorable prices, such companies frequently impose lock-ups that would prohibit the Fund from selling shores for of period of time offer on initial public offering (IPO). Market prices of public securities held by the Fund may decline substantially before the Investment Adviser is able to sell the securities.
The Fund may invest in private securities utilizing special purpose vehicles ("SPV"s), private investments in public equity ("PIPE") transactions where the issuer is a special purpose acquisition company ("SPAC-), and profit sharing agreements. The Fund will bear its pro-rata portion of expenses on investments in SPVs or similar investment structures and will have no direct claim against underlying portfolio companies. PIPE transactions involve price risk, market risk, expense risk, and the Fund may not be able to sell the securities due to lock-ups or restrictions. Profit sharing agreements may expose the Fund to certain risks, including that the agreements could reduce the gain the Fund otherwise would have achieved on its investment, may be difficult to value and may result in contractual disputes. Certain conflicts of interest involving the Fund and its affiliates could impact the Fund’s investment returns and limit the flexibility of its investment policies. This is not a complete enumeration of the Fund's risks. Please read the Fund prospectus for other risk factors related to the Fund.
The Fund may not be suitable for all investors. Investors are encouraged to consult with appropriate financial professionals before considering an investment in the Fund.
Companies that may be referenced on this website are privately-held companies. Shares of these privately-held companies do not trade on any national securities exchange, and there is no guarantee that the shares of these companies will ever be traded on any national securities exchange.
The Private Shares Fund is distributed by FORESIDE FUND SERVICES, LLC