alternatives

Alternatives are essential

As allocations grow, alternative investments play an increasingly critical role in portfolios. The need for an approach that is scalable, disciplined, integrated, technology-enabled, transparent and based on fiduciary partnership has never been greater.

Championing a new era of alternatives

Growing demand and complexity in private markets calls for a new era of alternatives to overcome long-standing hurdles for investors. We are helping to evolve the industry to overcome those challenges and defining a new kind of partnership for our clients.

Investors had little reason to love 2022. The past year saw upheavals in markets, economies and international politics that few could have foreseen.

Yet even as we acknowledge that 2023 will bring its own challenges, we at BlackRock Alternatives are optimistic.

We see today’s short-term uncertainty as an opportunity to continue investing in long-term global trends such as the net-zero transition, the broader technology adoption and emerging demographic shifts.

As we enter a new year, more companies are turning to the private markets for capital, enlarging our field of potential investments.

History tells us that periods of turmoil are when private assets perform their best relative to public holdings.

Looking ahead, we’re filled with optimism that our worldwide network of relationships, rigorous selection process, sophisticated risk metrics, as well as the range of our offerings can deliver the best in private markets for our clients, no matter what challenges arise.

BlackRock’s Edwin Conway: 2023 Private Markets Outlook

Hear directly from Edwin Conway,  Global Head of BlackRock Alternatives on thoughts about the investment outlook in 2023.

BlackRock is tomorrow’s alternatives platform

Our US$322 billion platform is designed to deliver outperformance with true partnership across a range of investment solutions in: real estate, infrastructure, private equity, credit, hedge funds and alternative solutions. We continue to innovate, leveraging our technology, our scale and our fiduciary model to better serve our clients.

Access to the best opportunities
Access to the best opportunities
Our 800-plus alternative investors supplement their networks and know-how with best-in-class ideas from BlackRock’s other 2,500-plus investors around the world.
Greater transparency
Greater transparency
We use advanced technology to help build stronger portfolios – we track 90,000 unique companies and 40,000 unique properties on eFront.
An integrated view
An integrated view
We provide you with a whole portfolio view so you have a deeper understanding of how alternatives impact the rest of your portfolio.
A new standard of alignment
A new standard of alignment
Our 1,230+ member professional staff works to understand investor needs– and deliver BlackRock’s best use of skill, scale and technology to help you achieve your goals.

Learn more about alternative investing at BlackRock

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Alternative investment strategies

Real Assets
Learn about BlackRock’s real estate and infrastructure platform

$71B client assets

Opportunities include: real estate debt, real estate equity, real asset securities, infrastructure equity, infrastructure debt, infrastructure solutions, listed infrastructure

Credit
Discover leveraged finance, multi-strategy and credit solutions

$119B client assets

Opportunities include: direct lending, opportunistic, special situations, distressed

Private Equity
Explore direct, co-investment, primary and secondary private equity

$35B client assets

Opportunities include: direct co-investments, primaries, secondaries, open-end direct, direct

Hedge Funds
Solutions across equity, event driven, relative value global macro and risk

$80B client assets

Solutions across equity, event driven, relative value global macro and risk

Multi-Alternatives
Meet BlackRock’s multi-alternative portfolio management team

$11B client assets

Opportunities include: diversified alternatives, alternatives solutions

BlackRock’s latest alterative investing insights

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Educational Academy

Since its inception, BlackRock Educational Academy (BEA) has been an industry leading academic platform, providing real time education from a suite of expert practitioners. Covering a range of fundamental and emerging topics (such as Alternatives, ESG and Fixed Income), you can access content to suite your schedule and style via our in person/virtual events and on-demand library.

Register for BEA today

Meet our alternatives team

The BlackRock Alternatives team of 1400+ dedicated professionals partners with the firm’s multidisciplinary teams and leverages extensive company-wide resources in an effort to deliver consistent returns over the long term.

Global leadership

Edwin N. Conway
Head of BlackRock Alternative Investors
Edwin N. Conway, is responsible for BlackRock’s alternatives strategy and the delivery of the firm’s alternatives investments to institutional clients.

APAC leadership

Michael Dennis
Head of Alternatives Strategy & Capital Markets in Asia-Pacific
Michael Dennis, Managing Director, is responsible for leading BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI) and BlackRock Capital Markets (BCM) in Asia-Pacific.