At the first meeting we preliminarily assess the investment strategy of the fund and get to know the investment team. We pay special attention to:
We spar with teams gathering their first fund to help them grasp what requirements institutional investors set for their fund investments. The discussions give a team the opportunity to develop their proposal and to evaluate for itself the expertise it commands.
We also discuss the fund-raising plan. Fund-raising requires the involvement of other co-investors.
If at this stage the fund project suits our investment focus, and other investors are also interested, the fund proceeds into the due diligence phase.
In the due diligence phase we assess at least the following aspects:
During the assessment it is important that the team continues fund-raising and negotiations also with other investors.
Finnish Industry Investment’s Board of Directors makes all investment decisions. In the case of FoF Growth, the Investment Council of FoF Growth addresses investment proposals.
After a positive investment decision, we start to negotiate the terms and conditions.
Successful contract negotiations result in FII and/or FoF Growth giving a commitment to the fund. The fund is established and the investment team starts when the team has gathered the minimum amount of commitments from investors.
The team starts to invest, develop the portfolio companies and create value. Towards the end of the fund’s term the focus shifts to exits.
It is important to keep investors updated about all investment developments. This helps investors evaluate the team’s opportunities to gather a new fund when the time comes.
FII and FoF Growth invest only in fixed-term limited partnerships or similar fund entities. By the end of the term, the fund must have exited from all its portfolio companies. After this, the fund is dissolved.