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Värde Partners is a global investment adviser focused on credit and value investing strategies. The firm was founded in 1993 in Minnesota by a group of three investment professionals. Each brought broad experience in financial markets, and the trio believed there were significant opportunities in credit markets. They launched Värde's inaugural fund to explore their thesis.
Värde's early focus was on distressed assets, and over time, Värde’s experience has extended to a broader set of strategies and asset types arrayed across liquidity profiles and the globe. At a fundamental level, the firm focuses on unlocking value – Värde means value in Swedish – seeking opportunities in less efficient markets and pursuing assets at a discount to their potential value. These opportunities are often accompanied by a complexity that expands the scope of the opportunity as well as the potential return to investors. The Värde team thrives on complexity and seeks to delve deeply to identify undervalued investment opportunities.
Värde's approach is centered on an integrated platform with a unified focus on the generation of attractive risk adjusted returns. A key tenet of Värde’s strategy is a flexible investment approach – investing and allocating capital and resources across multiple segments and markets. An important aspect of the firm is that investment professionals are not confined to "silos." They often work across asset types in cross functioning teams, allowing them to combine their expertise to pursue enhanced returns.
Värde's unique culture has been one of the cornerstones of the firm's success to date and remains critical to its future. Värde’s culture is shaped by its purpose: seeking to fundamentally change lives for the good by finding innovative ways to make money for the investors it serves. Värde relies on deliberate hiring practices – which involve a careful screening of candidates not just for skills and expertise but also for “fit” – in order to preserve this valuable asset.
Today, Värde is over 270 people strong with offices around the globe serving a diverse group of institutional investors including trusts, endowments, foundations, pension funds, corporations, and funds-of-funds. The firm has invested over $50 billion since inception and has over 85 investment professionals currently managing investments world-wide. Värde continues to have a significant presence in its city of origin – Minneapolis – but has established equally strategic offices in London, serving as our European headquarters and in Singapore, serving as our Asia Pacific headquarters. Additional offices exist to support key activities in those regions.