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Wells Fargo Sells Private Equity Fund Investments


Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that it has sold to a group of leading investors approximately $2 billion of private equity investments in certain Norwest Equity Partners (NEP) and Norwest Mezzanine Partners (NMP) funds. Wells Fargo was previously the sole institutional limited partner in these funds. The buyer group for Wells Fargo’s positions included AlpInvest Partners (a subsidiary of Carlyle), Atalaya Capital Management, Lexington Partners, and Pantheon.

Facade of a Wells Fargo bank branch in Manhattan (Photo: Wells Fargo)

Facade of a Wells Fargo bank branch in Manhattan (Photo: Wells Fargo)

“With this transaction, we are continuing with our strategic efforts to focus on Wells Fargo’s core businesses and customers,” said Wells Fargo Chief Financial Officer Mike Santomassimo.

“We are incredibly grateful to Wells Fargo for their long-term partnership and continued support,” said Tim DeVries, NEP Managing Partner.

Lazard Ltd served as financial advisor to Wells Fargo in connection with the transaction.

Separately, Wells Fargo will continue its relationship and investments with Norwest Venture Partners, a venture capital and growth equity investment firm.

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Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company that has approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three U.S. households and more than 10% of small businesses in the U.S., and is a leading middle market banking provider in the U.S. We provide a diversified set of banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through our four reportable operating segments: Consumer Banking and Lending, Commercial Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking, and Wealth & Investment Management. Wells Fargo ranked No. 47 on Fortune’s 2023 rankings of America’s largest corporations. In the communities we serve, the company focuses its social impact on building a sustainable, inclusive future for all by supporting housing affordability, small business growth, financial health, and a low-carbon economy. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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Wells Fargo

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