New EU Regulations to Empower Retail Investors. Moonfare to Provide Access to Private Equity Managers

Germany-based Moonfare says it will soon provide access to retail investors to “top tier” private equity managers following the introduction of new EU regulations last month. Additionally, limited secondary trading is available on the platform.

The new rules came into effect on January 10, 2024. The rules remove investment minimums and caps on how much retail investors can commit while broadening the range of eligible investments and creating more diversified fund-of-funds structures.

Moonfare is an online investment platform that provides access for eligible individual investors, family offices, and their advisors access to private market investment opportunities.

Moonfare states that it has launched its ELTIF 2.0 (European Long-Term Investment Fund) strategy in anticipation of strong demand from investors.  The Fund is said to hold direct stakes in third-party private equity funds and co-investments in profitable companies.

Moonfare founder and CEO Steffen Pauls said the announcement is an important event in his firm’s history as their mission has always been to democratize private quiet and open up the asset class for retail investors.

“Now, more than ever, private investors have access to private equity through the Moonfare platform.”

Pauls added that they have spent considerable time creating an offering based on the same institutional-grade investment opportunities as their existing platform, with “the same level of due diligence, and with access to secondary liquidity.”

Moonfare shares that eligible retail investors will be able to invest alongside institutional investors with decades of experience and a proven track record of significantly outperforming the S&P500. In the past, these funds in funds have typically held a $10 million minimum ticket.

According to its website, Moonfare currently reports over 61,000 “members” who have invested more than $2.9 billion on its platform.  Based in Berlin, Moonfare operates in 22 countries across Europe, Asia, and America and has offices in New York, London, Zürich, Singapore, Paris, and Luxembourg.

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