Since our foundation in 1996, we have consistently grown our team of professionals and our assets under management. Our successful entrepreneurial history of investing in private markets on behalf of our clients is based on long-term oriented partnerships with both employees and business partners that support our business strategy. This has encouraged a corporate culture of commitment, accountability and entrepreneurship.
In September 2020, Partners Group is admitted to the blue-chip Swiss Market Index (SMI) of the Top 20 largest Swiss stocks. By the end of the year, we had reached USD 109 billion in AuM and 1,533 employees globally.
Partners Group officially opens its Colorado Campus for business and further expands its North American presence with the opening of an office in Toronto. This brings its total number of offices to 20 worldwide, housing 1,465 employees by year end.
Partners Group launches PG LIFE, a dedicated impact-at-scale investment strategy focused on investments that contribute towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. By the end of the year, we have 1,203 employees worldwide.
Partners Group received record capital commitments for its latest direct private equity fund, raising EUR 6 billion. Our number of employees stands at 1,036.
Partners Group celebrates its 20th anniversary. We further expand our global presence with the opening of an office in Manila and start to develop a purpose-built 'campus' in Denver. Our number of employees stands at 930.
We are the first private markets investment manager to launch a private markets offering for the defined contribution (DC) market in the US and develop offerings for the DC markets in the UK and Australia. Our number of employees stands at 840.
We open our Mumbai and Houston offices to strengthen our private markets investment coverage in India, the US, and Latin America. We have 746 professionals.
Our European platform is strengthened through the integration of our Italian partner Perennius Capital Partners. Their Milan office brings our total number of offices to 16 around the globe. Our total number of professionals stands at 700.
We open our Paris and Sao Paulo offices and count 562 professionals around the globe.
Three new offices open in Sydney, Luxembourg and Beijing (our China office is later relocated to Shanghai in 2014). Partners Group signs up to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI) and is among the first private markets signatories. At this time we employ 344 professionals.
We further enlarge our global presence and open new offices in San Francisco and Tokyo. Our number of employees stands at 273.
On 24 March 2006, Partners Group Holding AG floats its shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange in an initial public offering (IPO) with Partners Group's employees still being the largest investor group. Our number of employees stands at 175.
We open offices in Singapore and London and increase our headcount to 115.
We complete our first direct debt investment and count a total of 100 employees.
We complete our first private infrastructure investment. Our number of employees increases to 78.
Regional presence enlarged and offices opened in Guernsey and New York. We further expand into Asia and Latin America with initial investments in these regions and increase our headcount to 45.
We complete our first direct private equity investment, first real estate investment and first mezzanine investment. Our number of professionals stands at 30.
We complete the largest secondary transaction ever pursued at the time. Our number of employees stands at 14.
Partners Group is founded in Switzerland by Marcel Erni, Alfred Gantner and Urs Wietlisbach, who today still hold significant shareholdings and roles within the company.