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The placement agent has formally launched a secondaries advisory business focused on credit and infrastructure, having soft launched two years ago.
Five years after the US power company's $17bn take-private, the energy-focused firm is rolling about 20% of the existing LPs into a single-asset vehicle.
ASF VIII Infrastructure has already invested 30% of its capital, including acquiring a $1.5bn portfolio offloaded by insurer Northwestern Mutual.
Goldman Sachs Asset Management currently invests in private equity and real estate secondaries through its Vintage family of funds.
There is a universe of potential deals in asset classes such as infrastructure not suited to typical secondaries funds, says Daniel Roddick, founder of Ely Place Partners.
The €21bn transaction is the second large recap the firm has done in five months that utilised little or no secondaries capital.
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Blackstone’s Mileway deal is further evidence liquidity doesn’t have to come from the secondaries market – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
GIP is responsible for two of the largest-ever single-asset deals, having moved Gatwick Airport into a £3bn continuation fund in 2019.
The team led by former Strategic Partners executive Wandy Hoh is targeting LP-led and GP-led deals in the infrastructure space.
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The Minneapolis-based firm expects to finish deploying its most recent programme, Clean Growth Fund V, by the end of this quarter.

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