The New Guard Of Fundraising

Fundraising for private markets strategies is more competitive than ever. New Guard Partners has built a direct line to the LP community to serve and win in today’s fundraising environment.

The New Guard Of Fundraising

Fundraising for private markets strategies is more competitive than ever. New Guard Partners has built a direct line to the LP community to serve and win in today’s fundraising environment.

Who We Are

New Guard Partners is a boutique private markets placement and advisory firm, focused on serving two core groups:

1) sector specialists that are raising their first, second or third fund vehicles

2) institutional allocators, without whom this industry wouldn’t exist.

The firm was built on a vision developed by Matt Zuckerman, who has over 13 years of private markets / fundraising experience, and Vanya Kovacheva CFA, CAIA, who has invested in private markets for over 15 years, most recently for 10 years at a large US public pension fund.

New Guard is built on the successes, trials and tribulations that Vanya and Matt experienced through working together.

The firm has created a unique sourcing and deal evaluation structure through its independent investment committee to serve the needs of LPs and, by extension, the GPs that we work with.

We know from experience that it is going to take more work and more focus to compete in the new environment.

⁠New Guard’s Approach

Our process is designed to leverage an independent IC of LPs to stress test all opportunities we consider

We will always maintain a client roster of no greater than 5

We aren't afraid to constrain our mandate to exclusively serving emerging managers

We build custom strategies through a labor-intensive process for each of our clients

We consider the motivations and incentives of all stakeholders in everything we do

We bring both urgency and tranquility to what is by definition a chaotic process

We always listen intently

We realize how lucky we are to work in this industry, and always operate with gratitude

Who We serve

Private equity funds i-iii

spinouts / teams that are considering spinning out

Independent Sponsors

Our Team

Matt Zuckerman

Managing Partner
Former firm (s):

Rede Partners 

Goldman Sachs

Education

Georgetown University

University of Oxford

Vanya Kovacheva, CFA, CAIA

Partner, Head of Manager Research and Due Diligence

Former firm:
Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (Senior Investment Officer – 
Private Equity)
Education

Otto von Guericke University – Magdeburg


Rochester Institute of Technology

Christian Mortensen

Vice President
Former firm:
Sweetwater Private Equity
Education

Georgetown University

University of Manchester (UK)

Angela Enzo

European Coverage

Former firm:

Keel Harbour


Education
University of Milan

Naren Rajani

Analyst
Former firm:
Liberty Mutual – Summer Analyst
Education

Georgetown University

Ethan Stuart

Analyst
Former firm:
Signature Estate & Investment Advisors
Education

Georgetown University

Naren Rajani

Analyst
Former firm:
Liberty Mutual – Summer Analyst
Education

Georgetown University

Investment Committee

Vanya Kovacheva CFA, CAIA

Chair of the Investment Committee
Former firm:
Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (Senior Investment Officer – 
Private Equity)
Education

Otto von Guericke University – Magdeburg


Rochester Institute of Technology

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David Chiang

Investment Committee Member
Former firm:

Pritzker Family Foundations – Chief Investment Officer


Soros Fund Management – Head of External Funds

Education

Brown University


UCLA

Sean McKeon

Investment Committee Member
Former firms:

Cambridge Associates

Cloverlay

Education

Boston College

University of Oxford

Lela Prodani CFA, CIPM

Investment Committee Member
Current firm:
Credit Suisse Pension Fund
Prior firms:

Granger Management Holdings

Mercy Health

Mercer

Education
Webster University

Ron Heinz

Investment Committee Member
Current firm:
Stafford
Prior firms:

Stepstone Group

Education
Villanova University

Ron Heinz

Investment Committee Member
Current firm:
Stafford
Prior firms:

Stepstone Group

Education
Villanova University

Contact Us

If you are an LP, GP, service provider or any other market participant (or aspiring market participant) that would like to learn more about our firm, please do reach out. Regardless of what stage of your journey you are in, we would love to hear from you and be helpful to anyone and everyone.

Reach out to us today!

We’ll be happy to answer any questions.