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November 7, 2019

Fresh Wave Of Buyout Shops And Hedge Funds Set Sights On Real Estate

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While those within the real estate sector worry about record high prices and when the end of the cycle will come, a new wave of private equity buyout specialists, hedge funds and bond investors are making moves to get into the sector.

Many of the biggest names in global real estate today — Blackstone, Brookfield, Carlyle — did not start out as real estate investors. They were private equity buyout specialists, or infrastructure investors, drawn to real estate by the potential profits.

In the 20 years or so since these giants entered the market, other buyout specialists, bond investors and hedge funds have followed their lead: think of Oaktree, PIMCO and KKR in the U.S., and EQT in Europe.

The next generation of these managers is now starting to set out their stalls to buy in the sector. 

Fresh Wave Of Buyout Shops And Hedge Funds Set Sights On Real Estate

In the new wave is U.S. hedge fund King Street Capital, which is raising $300M for a new real estate fund, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. It has been buying assets in markets still recovering from distress like Spain and Italy. York Capital has been pursuing a…

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