Carlyle Group said Jan. 8 that its Metropolitan Real Estate’s Secondaries Program II closed on $1.2 billion, exceeding its $750 million target. The program invests in the real estate secondaries market globally and aims to provide liquidity to investors in private equity funds and other partnership structures.
New York, NY – Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced it has closed Metropolitan Real Estate’s Secondaries Program II, raising $1.2 billion and exceeding its $750 million target. The program invests in the real estate secondaries market globally, providing liquidity to investors in private equity funds and other partnership structures. Program II builds on Metropolitan Real Estate’s secondaries investment strategy dating back to 2002 and its first dedicated secondaries program, which launched in 2014.
Sarah Schwarzschild, Head of Secondaries at Metropolitan, said, “Secondaries offer exposure to seasoned real estate investments with a shortened holding period. These defensive characteristics, among others, are resonating with our investors late in the economic cycle. As the secondary market continues to grow, we remain focused on acquiring high quality assets with capable partners at attractive valuations for our investors.”
Lauren Dillard, Head of Carlyle Investment Solutions, said, “Strong investor interest in this program is a testament to the team, their proven investment strategy and the depth of the opportunity. We are grateful for the support of our returning and new investors and will work hard to create value for them.”
Metropolitan Real Estate is a multi-manager real estate private equity investment platform that is part of Carlyle’s Investment Solutions business. The platform encompasses primary fund investments, direct property co-investments and secondaries, creating multiple and complementary ways for Metropolitan to invest with its partners.
Metropolitan’s secondary investment strategy benefits from its deep market relationships and foundation of over 225 existing fund investments. Program II has already closed five investments spanning the U.S., Europe and Asia in all major property types.
Metropolitan has a global team that comprises more than 40 people in the U.S., Europe and Asia. It is led by an investment committee averaging more than 25 years of industry experience. Metropolitan manages global real estate commingled funds and separate accounts comprised of primaries, secondaries and co-investments.