Glennmont seeks to roll over Fund I assets

Campbell Lutyens has been hired by the renewables manager to run a process that could could fetch up to €1bn.

Glennmont Partners is closing in on a deal that would see some limited partners of its Clean Energy Partners fund subscribe to a continuation vehicle, according to sources with knowledge of the firm.

The fund manager has asked placement agent Campbell Lutyens to drive a process in which assets from its debut, €437 million vehicle would be rolled over into a new structure. The endeavour is “well advanced”, according to a source, with the process described as having “clear traction”.

It is understood that Campbell Lutyens is in the process of approaching a couple of big institutional investors to agree a lead sponsorship for the continuation vehicle. Other, smaller LPs will then be able to buy into the new vehicle based on the pricing agreed with the lead investors.

Glennmont declined to comment. Campbell Lutyens had not responded to a request for comment at press time.

One lead investor is understood to be in detailed negotiations with Glennmont. In parallel, Campbell Lutyens is already lining up other LPs, sources said, offering them the chance to to remain in the fund, stay in the assets via the new continuation vehicle or liquidate their stake and get their money back.

People canvassed by sister publication Infrastructure Investor estimate the transaction could be worth between €800 million and €1 billion.

A proportion of LPs are attracted to the continuation vehicle and happy with the process, a source close to the matter said, while others would probably favour an approach that tests the market in a more comprehensive fashion.

The fund is understood to be generating carried interest. It was unclear whether a secondaries transaction would lead to a reset of current incentives.

Glennmont closed its debut fund, named BNP Paribas Clean Energy Partners before the firm’s spin-out from French lender BNP Paribas, in 2010. Clean Energy Fund Europe II, the firm’s follow-on vehicle, reached a final close on its €500 million hard-cap in December 2014.

Assets owned by the firm include a 210 megawatt wind farm portfolio and a biomass plant in Wales.