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What we do

Alternative investments for institutional investors

We can help manage the decisions, risk, and operational complexities that come with alternative investing.

A powerful combination to help achieve your portfolio goals

  1. An established track record in sourcing, accessing, and overseeing specialized managers
  2. A focus on lower-middle market investment opportunities, thematic investing, emerging, and niche managers—inefficient areas that can have the potential to deliver true alpha
  3. The combination of deep asset management capabilities and operational support, fund administration, and fund accounting capabilities can free your team to focus on your highest priorities 
25+ years
of advising and investing in alternatives on behalf of our clients
$14 billion
in alternative assets under management

An established track-record in sourcing, accessing, and overseeing lower-middle market managers

Finding “what’s next” in the alternatives space is a challenge requiring time, technology, and a strong network. Our alternative investment team has been researching and investing in alternative asset classes for 25+ years.

We have the network, technology, and various access points to identify unique investment manager opportunities. Our investment technology and operational capabilities allow us to effectively create customized structures for institutional investors.


"Our size allows us to be nimble and invest in niche areas of the market where the returns can justify the risk associated with alternative investing."

Mike DiMartile
Sales Executive, Alternative Investments

We offer a suite of customizable alternative investment strategies. Our investment research and expertise covers:

Private assets: Private debt, buyout, venture capital, and secondaries

Hedge funds: Relative value, equity long/short, directional hedge, and opportunistic 

Thematic: Thematic hedge and dynamic asset allocation

Other alternatives: CLO strategies, real estate, infrastructure

Custom investment structure

We have the in-house capabilities to structure a product to meet your unique needs, including:

  1. Separate accounts/Fund of one
  2. Focused commingled funds
  3. Co-investing
  4. Segregated portfolio company
  5. Custom sleeves

Technology is key

As a pioneer in enabling technology for financial services, we leverage technology to gain better investment insights, transparency, and attribution. We also use technology to provide clients with customized reporting and back office support.

  1. SEI NovusSM
  2. Investran
  3. Intex
  4. Backstop
  5. Preqin
  6. Pitchbook
  7. Aladdin

Keep your team focused on what matters: Operational support for alternative investments

We provide comprehensive operational and due diligence support, often through our proprietary systems, to help reduce risk and save time. 

  • Back- and middle-office support
  • Document management
  • Data management
  • Investment and cash reconciliation
  • Investment processing-commitments, capital calls, and distributions
  • Audit support

Is your alternatives strategy on track?

We partner with clients to create a strategic plan that includes current managers, sourcing new ideas, monitoring, and reporting across the portfolio.

Why SEI for alternatives?

Our experts speak on meeting the challenges in the alternatives space, such as complexity, illiquidity, and lack of transparency. The powerful combination of our capabilities can help achieve your portfolio goals.

Learn more from our experts

Information as of Dec. 31, 2023. 

OCIO services provided by SEI Investments Management Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of SEI Investments Company (SEI). Technology and asset management services provided by SEI through its subsidiaries and affiliates. Alternative investments are subject to a complete loss of capital and are only appropriate for parties who can bear that risk and the illiquid nature of such investments. Alternative investments: often engage in leveraging and other speculative investment practices that may increase the risk of investment loss, can be highly illiquid, are not required to provide periodic pricing or valuation information to investors, involve complex tax structures and delays in distributing important tax information, are not subject to the same regulatory requirements as mutual funds; and often charge high fees.

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