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Nasdaq Private Market 2021 Annual Report

Strong Secondary Valuations Drive 2021 Growth and Continued Transformation of Private Markets


Dramatic demand from both traditional and nontraditional investors is underpinning the transformation of the private market ecosystem. Primary deal cadence and size remain elevated for companies, and secondaries have evolved as an avenue to provide investment allocations to strategic investors not able to engage via primary fundraising rounds. Companies of all stages have benefited from the surge in demand, but they face new obstacles to efficiently connect with a fragmented market of investors while unlocking secondary capital at prevailing market valuations.

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2021 Market Highlights and Trends

  • Secondary liquidity has become a critical component of recruitment and retention strategies for private companies
  • Private market ecosystem continues to transform due to surging demand from new investors seeking pre-IPO access
  • Secondary valuations converging with primary round valuations
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As the private market evolves, NPM continues to invest our resources and expertise to bring you actionable insights and context to help you execute your liquidity goals in 2022.

To gain insights influencing the evolving secondary market, a breakdown of secondary transactions on the NPM platform, and more information on how NPM can partner with you to achieve your liquidity goals, please download NPM’s 2021 annual report below.

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