Churchill Asset Management and Dawson Partners Complete $425 Million Structured Liquidity Solution Transaction

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TORONTO & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Churchill Asset Management LLC (“Churchill”), an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen focused on middle market private debt and private equity solutions, and Dawson Partners (“Dawson”), a global alternative asset manager focused on providing innovative structured solutions to the private markets, today announced the closing of a $425 million transaction.

The transaction, solely financed by Dawson vehicles, served as an alternative solution to a traditional secondary sale, delivering liquidity to Churchill investors on a curated portfolio of 19 high-quality buyout fund interests. The structure provides Dawson vehicles with downside protection and upside participation, and Churchill investors with immediate liquidity and future upside potential. Further, the transaction secured strategic unfunded capital to support the growth of Churchill’s middle-market GP-led secondaries and equity co-investment platforms.

“Our focus is to always approach transactions with a partnership first mentality, and we seek to find the win-win in all that we do. Leveraging our scale, we were able to provide a large, customized solution that aligned with Churchill’s objectives, while also benefitting from a downside protected structure on a highly diversified portfolio of private equity with meaningful participation in any future upside,” said Rob Gavin, Partner at Dawson. “We’re excited to work with Churchill given their experience and the strength of their private capital platform. They are a trusted partner, and we value their differentiated access to the U.S. middle market.”

Nick Lawler, Managing Director and Head of Secondaries at Churchill added, “This transaction achieves several objectives for our firm. It delivers material liquidity for our investors, and supports the continued growth of Churchill’s secondaries platform and leading equity co-investment business. We thank the Dawson team for their partnership, structural creativity and ability to provide a comprehensive solution with speed and certainty.”

Churchill has been an active equity co-investor exclusively focused on the U.S. middle-market for over a decade, deploying in excess of $4 billion within the strategy. Churchill formally launched its secondaries platform in 2022, and is now managing over $1.5 billion of committed capital across its GP-led and LP-led programs.

Dawson focuses on providing innovative structured solutions to the private markets by taking a differentiated approach to selecting, curating, structuring, and managing bespoke portfolios. Dawson seeks to provide liquidity at scale with customized solutions to users of its capital while seeking to provide its investors with unique and differentiated product offerings. Since its inception, Dawson has raised over US$17 billion in commitments and has deployed over US$22 billion across more than 225 transactions.

Evercore acted as the exclusive financial advisor on the transaction.

About Churchill Asset Management LLC

Churchill, an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen (the asset manager of TIAA), provides customized financing solutions to middle market private equity firms and their portfolio companies across the capital structure. With over $50 billion of committed capital, Churchill provides first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, in addition to equity co-investments, secondary solutions and private equity fund commitments. Churchill has a long history of disciplined investing across multiple economic cycles and its unique origination strategy, execution and investment are driven by 170 professionals in New York, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. To learn more about Churchill, visit https://www.churchillam.com.

About Dawson Partners

Dawson is a leading global alternative asset manager focused on providing innovative structured solutions to the private markets. Founded in 2015 as Whitehorse Liquidity Partners, Dawson provides tailored portfolio financing and liquidity solutions to LPs and GPs. Dawson takes a differentiated approach to selecting, curating, structuring, and managing bespoke portfolios to serve the demands of a growing market and seeks to provide its investors unique product offerings. The Firm has raised over US$17 billion in commitments and has deployed over US$22 billion across more than 225 transactions. Dawson has 175 employees and primary offices in Toronto, Canada and London, UK. For more information visit: www.dawsonpartners.com.

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