Carlyle’s Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management expands staff

Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management, which is owned by The Carlyle Group, has hired Sarah Schwarzschild and David Lei as vice president and associate, respectively. Previously, both Schwarzschild and Lei worked at Partners Group. Based in New York City, Metropolitan is a real estate investment firm.

Partners Group closes PE direct investment program

Global private markets investment manager Partners Group has closed its 2012-vintage private equity direct investment program. The program is the third and largest in Partners Group’s direct investments series of private equity programs.

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Partners Group and Equis Funds Group to develop Japanese solar platform

Partners Group and Equis Funds Group have closed a $250 million investment to develop a dedicated Japanese solar platform. The investment consortium, co-led by Partners Group and Equis Funds Group on behalf of their clients and including investors such as Babson Capital, LGsuper and Qantas Superannuation, will fund the construction of utility-scale solar power plants across Japan, with the first plants expected to start generating electricity in the second half of 2014.

Partners Group and Mizuho enter strategic alliance

Partners Group, Mizuho Financial Group and Mizuho Trust & Banking Co have signed a business alliance agreement that Mizuho Trust and Partners Group will jointly develop and distribute certain global private equity and infrastructure products in the pension market in Japan. The agreement marks Mizuho Trust’s first collaboration with a global private markets firm and will enable Mizuho Trust to offer global private markets investment products to its client base of Japanese pension funds for the first time.

Partners Group closes global infrastructure program

Partners Group has closed its Partners Group Global Infrastructure 2012 program, closing it at 1 billion euros. The program is twice the size of its predecessor 2009 vintage program and will invest through an integrated approach in direct, secondary and primary opportunities in the private infrastructure space around the globe.

Partners Group to acquire Hofmann Menü Manufaktur

Partners Group is backing the buyout of Hofmann Menü Manufaktur. The company is a German provider of customized cook and freeze products to small business canteens and social organizations such as retirement homes, hospitals and schools.

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