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MERGERMARKET: CAIS Eyes Buys as Large as USD $500M, Under New Investor, CEO Says

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CAIS, a New York-based alternative investment platform, is in talks with potential targets to add technology stacks, said CEO Matt Brown. CAIS would look at both bolt-on opportunities that are sub-USD 100m and transformational deals that are up to USD 500m in enterprise value, Brown said. It could use equity or debt to finance deals, depending on the profile of targets, he added.

It welcomes approaches from potential investors in future rounds, he noted. Ideal targets would bring tech that automates the workflow in the front, middle and back offices, for investment advisors and managers, Brown explained. CAIS is also interested in developers of new technology infrastructure such as those leveraging blockchain or tokenization, he added. Targets can also operate outside of the traditional alternative investment verticals, Brown said. A new area of interest, for instance, is private placement for private companies that are at a pre-IPO or earlier stage, he added.

CAIS also plans to expand its presence in the Asia Pacific through its base in Sydney and would further grow in the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, he added.

About CAIS

CAIS is the leading alternative investment platform for independent financial advisors who seek improved access to, and education about, alternative investment funds and products. CAIS provides financial advisors with a broad selection of alternative investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity, private debt, real estate, digital assets, and structured notes, allowing them to capitalize on opportunities and/or withstand ever-changing markets. CAIS also offers custom solutions for advisors seeking to create custom fund vehicles around ideas they source. 

As an extension of the platform, CAIS also delivers an on-demand, online learning experience, CAIS IQ, which is designed exclusively to help financial advisors deepen their knowledge and increase their confidence in alternative investment strategies. 

Most funds listed on the CAIS Marketplace undergo Mercer's independent due diligence and ongoing monitoring. Mercer diligence reports and fund ratings are available to advisors on the CAIS password-protected platform. CAIS streamlines the end-to-end transaction process through digital subscriptions and integrated reporting with the leading US custodians and reporting providers, which make investing in alternatives simpler. 

Founded in 2009, CAIS, a fintech leader, is empowering over 8,300 unique advisor firms/teams who oversee more than $3 trillion in network assets. Since its inception, CAIS has facilitated over $21 billion in transaction volume as the first truly open marketplace where financial advisors and asset managers engage and transact directly on a massive scale. CAIS has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and London. For more information about CAIS, please visit

Securities offered through CAIS Capital LLC, member FINRA, SIPC.



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