Catalyst provides seed capital to entrepreneurial investors looking to build high performance, next generation alternative investment firms. We provide strategic, first-close capital for experienced investment teams launching new firms.

Catalyst grew out of our team’s long history of seeding new firms, including our experience at Archean Capital Partners. Supporting talented investors and helping them grow is what we do.

Challenges facing new private equity firms

  • Standing out in a crowded fundraising market
  • Incentives favor incumbent funds and later closes
  • Working capital needed to build the team
  • Attribution, non-compete, and non-solicit agreements

How Catalyst can help

  • First close capital at scale
  • Build the team and execute initial deals
  • Signal effect and lower risk for other LPs
  • A strategic and patient partner committed to working with you to build your franchise

Profile of a Catalyst investment

  • $50-100m anchor commitment at first-close
  • Strategies: buyout, growth equity, special situations
  • Geographic: North America & Europe
  • Target Fund Size: $150-500m

Let’s succeed together.

Catalyst: a Unique Perspective

“Moelis Asset Catalyst is the right platform to build the market leading private equity seeding strategy. In addition to the firm’s expansive network of GP relationships and our heritage with Archean Capital, Moelis’ core business is seeding alternative investment managers. This focus and experience provides a unique perspective that drives value for Catalyst and the investment managers we partner with.”

Chris Keller, Managing Partner, Moelis Asset Catalyst