Xponance taps Michael Orr to run debut diversity-focused GP stakes fund

XDO Fund is presently in the market with a target of $300m, Buyouts reported. Its hard-cap is $400m.

Asset management business Xponance has hired Michael Orr to lead a first-time offering focused on making minority investments in diverse and women-owned private equity firms, reports affiliate title Buyouts.

Orr joined Xponance Alts Solutions, Xponance’s private-market affiliate, as managing director and CIO, the Philadelphia money manager said in a statement.

As part of the job, he will run the Xponance Diverse Opportunities Fund, launched in 2021 to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the alternative asset industry through GP staking. The vehicle is sponsored jointly by Xponance and Investcorp’s Strategic Capital Group, a GP stakes investor.

Orr brings to the position more than 25 years’ experience in asset allocation, investment banking and private equity, Xponance said. He was most recently senior vice-president and senior client investment officer in Northern Trust Asset Management’s not-for-profit outsourced CIO practice. Before, he was executive director, alternative investments, at Providence St Joseph Health.

XDO Fund is presently in the market with a target of $300 million, Buyouts reported. Its hard-cap is $400 million.

Like other GP stakes investors, the fund will acquire long-dated minority interests in firms seeking capital to fortify balance sheets and finance priorities like commitments to offerings and growth initiatives.

Uniquely, however, XDO Fund will apply a diversity lens when sourcing opportunities. It will target a range of mid-sized managers in which women or minorities are significant owners (at least one-third of equity) or occupy a senior role (such as managing partner).

Orr sits on XDO Fund’s investment committee. Other members include Tina Byles Williams, CEO and CIO of Xponance, and Anthony Maniscalco, managing partner of Investcorp’s Strategic Capital Group.

GP staking is catching on with LPs, according to Coller Capital’s Global Private Equity Barometer Summer 2022. The survey found 47 percent of LPs currently invest, or are planning to invest, in vehicles that acquire minority interests in private equity and other alternative asset managers. This is up from 36 percent four years ago.

The trend perhaps explains vigorous capital raising of late by GP stakes funds. Among them is the latest offering of Blue Owl Capital’s Dyal Capital, Dyal Capital Partners V, expected to close later this year at a record $10.5 billion-plus.

In addition, Investcorp earlier in 2022 wrapped up its debut mid-market GP stakes fund, Investcorp Strategic Capital Partners. It has to date made nine minority investments, five involving firms owned by women or minorities.