5 Global Real Estate Private Equity Firms

Real Estate private equity firms is another capital source to consider for real estate projects, there are many such firms based in Canada, United States, Europe; also increasing number of them in Asia and the Middle East, here are some names.

Blackstone Real Estate Advisors:

It is headquartered in US, and is part of Blackstone Group; one of the world’s largest investment groups but was also one of the hardest hit investment groups.

Nevertheless, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors had a very busy year in 2009 and raised over US$20,000 million (US$20 billion) relating to property investments.

Lone Star Funds: Another major US based private equity fund, which operates many real estate funds, we believe there were 8 funds operating possibly more; the company had also raised in excess of US$20 billion across different types of funds; Lone Star invests in all types of real estate opportunities including residential & non-residential projects.

Beacon Capital Partners, LLC is a Boston-based real estate investment firm with a skilled team of real estate professionals experienced in acquisitions/dispositions, asset management, development, finance and accounting. The Company was formed in 1998, and is led by Alan Leventhal, Chairman and CEO. Beacon Capital Partners is an international real estate investment group, recently, it had partnered with AXA to redevelop a 50-story FIRST building in Paris, France.

MGPA: Europe / Asia: MGPA is an independently managed private equity real estate investment advisory company focused on real estate investment in Europe and Asia. Through its headquarters in Bermuda and network of offices throughout Europe and Asia, MGPA currently manages US$11 billion in assets throughout these two regions. Its managed investments include development and redevelopment projects, joint-ventures and real estate operating companies in the office, retail, industrial, residential and hotel related opportunities.

MGPA is owned by its senior management team and the Macquarie Group; a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services, listed in Australia.

LaSalle Investment Management: LaSalle, of course is a household name in the real estate industry; in addition to property advisory and management; it is also one of the major real estate investment institutions. Last year, it had raise over US$10 billion across 20+ investment funds under LaSalle. It is a major international real estate institution; in addition to its own investments, it also co-invests or manages on behalf of other funds.

LaSalle Property Office Venture Fund is one of its recently created funds; and had made its first investment in September after investing EUR 100 million in Paris; the fund continues to seek other investment opportunities worldwide.