Coller Capital, an independent investor focused solely on private markets secondaries, has expanded its Private Wealth Secondaries Solutions (“PWSS”) business internationally.

This follows the appointment of Boris Maeder as managing director and head of international private wealth distribution, overseeing the company’s global expansion and new Zurich headquarters.

The opening of this new office demonstrates Coller’s belief in collaborating closely with consumers and intermediaries to improve access to institutional-quality secondary investments in response to rising demand from private wealth investors.

Maeder comes from UBS Wealth Management, where for the previous eight years he oversaw the company’s distribution in the worldwide private markets.

Prior to joining UBS, Maeder worked for the sovereign wealth fund Abu Dhabi Investment Council for five years as a principal in the Middle East. In this role, he was in charge of developing the portfolio of US private equity.

Before that, Maeder spent five years directing US and European primary investments as senior vice president at Auda Private Equity in New York.

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Maeder began his career as a private equity investment professional with Allianz and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in New York, Munich, and Frankfurt.

Coller will keep expanding its global PWSS team, which already numbers over 20 committed workers.

Along with expanding the company in Switzerland, Maeder will oversee the team’s expansion and management in other non-US locations.

He will collaborate closely with Jake Elmhirst, partner, and head of Private Wealth Secondaries Solutions.

Coller revealed in April that a fund dedicated to US accredited high-net-worth investors would be launched.

 Elmhirst stated: “We are delighted to welcome Boris to Coller. He brings outstanding private markets investment and distribution experience and will deliver the best of Coller to our growing base of private wealth investors. Secondaries represent an attractive risk/return profile and provide diversified exposure to private markets. As such, we believe they should play an important role in private wealth portfolios going forward and the opening of our office in Zurich and appointment of Boris highlights our long-term strategic commitment to the market.

Maeder added: “I’m excited to join secondaries pioneer Coller Capital, which has a 34-year track record of consistently strong performance. The demand for private markets secondaries amongst high-net-worth investors is growing rapidly, and we are ideally positioned to address this need. Secondaries are highly applicable to private wealth clients, and we’re committed to building a best-in-class offering and team to become the partner of choice in the space. Our new strategic hub in Zurich and further upcoming locations around the world will ensure we can address all local requirements effectively to generate sustainable investment performance for our investors, no matter where they are based.”

Moreover, Coller Capital maintains offices in Luxembourg, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, New York, Hong Kong, and London. The company has more than three decades of market experience and $30bn in assets under management.

Having made investments in previous funds through private bank feeders during the previous 10 years, high-net-worth people represent a significant and expanding portion of Coller’s investor base.