Samsung SRA collects $270 mln for initial U.S. office mezzanine debt fund

Samsung SRA Asset Management has closed its debut U.S. office mezzanine debt fund at $270 million, beating its $200 million target. Samsung SRA will focus on providing mezzanine debt to Korean institutional investors seeking to back office assets in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. J.P. Morgan Asset Management is serving as an investment manager for the fund.


NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets today announced it is serving as investment manager for Samsung SRA Asset Management’s first U.S. office mezzanine debt fund. Samsung SRA, the real estate asset management subsidiary of Samsung Life Insurance, launched the fund to provide Korean institutional investors access to mezzanine debt on stable core office assets in six U.S. central business districts – New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

Samsung SRA surpassed its targeted capital raise of $200 million and closed the fund at $270 million. With J.P. Morgan Asset Management as a local manager, the fund expects to deploy the full capital raised in less than a year by acquiring fixed-rate mezzanine notes of up to $150 million, with a loan-to-value ratio of up to 65%. The Fund has already closed its first investment, a $108.5mm subordinate debt position on a Class A office tower in Chicago.

“This partnership with J.P. Morgan Asset Management marks a new phase of growth for us as we build on our successes in global real estate investing with our first commingled mezzanine debt fund,” said Young Chai, CIO at Samsung SRA. “J.P. Morgan Global Real Assets’ unparalleled reputation, on-the-ground teams and in-house experts will help maximize deal access and accelerate underwriting speed, thereby delivering superior risk-adjusted returns for our investors.”

“The fund’s over subscription points to the attractiveness of Samsung SRA’s real estate investment track record, as well as its well-timed strategy in a yield-starved marketplace,” said Candace Chao, Head of Mezzanine Acquisitions for J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets. “Mezzanine debt can help provide investors the yield and diversification they seek, as well as tax-efficient exposure to the U.S. real estate market for non-U.S. investors.”

Established in 2012, Samsung SRA has been an active investor in real estate equity and debt in the US, Europe and Korea on behalf of both Korean and international investors, with a net AUM of over $2 billion. J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets has $61 billion in U.S. real estate assets under management, including $17.4 billion in asset-level debt.

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