The deal is the second for Stafford’s latest infrastructure secondaries vehicle, which recently held a third close.
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The investment firm has already raised at least $700m for the vehicle.
The alternatives fund of funds manager has hired two investment professionals in its London office and a head of business development for North America.
The global asset manager remained ‘disciplined’ amid an uncertain market environment and elevated valuations in 2016.
The hire comes as the global investment manager seeks €250m for its first secondaries fund in the asset class since the firm’s 2014 formation.
Average top bids for stakes in infrastructure funds have surged 33% since 2011, according to advisory firm Setter Capital.
It is understood the vehicle, which launched in February, will make secondaries investments.
The troubled pension was expected to approve the sale, which includes private equity and real assets stakes, on Thursday.
Removal of restrictions on asset holdings by Solvency II, coupled with low fixed income returns, is encouraging insurers to allocate more cash to alternatives.
The investment manager wants to sell the €1bn vehicle before the end of the year and a new structure will be created to manage the portfolio.