Ardian launches real estate business

Ardian launched its real estate group that will be built and led by Bertrand Julien-Laferrière, a 30-year veteran of the real estate industry. Julien-Laferrière has held senior roles at Accor, Club Med, C.G.W., Unibail-Rodamco and Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL), where he was chief executive officer. Real estate is the fifth business line Ardian has established, along with direct investing, private debt, fund of funds and infrastructure.


Everything But The House snags $30 mln Series B

Online real estate marketplace Everything But The House has raised $30 million in Series B funding. Greenspring Associates led the round with participation from return backers Greycroft Partners and Spark Capital. Also, EBTH has named Mandana Dayani as chief brand officer. Previously, Dayani served as vice president of Rachel Zoe Inc.


Apollo to double real estate AUM with AR Global investment

Apollo Global Management will double its real estate assets under management to about $27 billion by taking a majority interest in a new company, AR Global Investments, LLC. The new company will own a majority of the asset management business of AR Capital, an asset manager focused on retail investors. Apollo also will acquire RCS Capital’s wholesale distribution business, which will become part of AR Global. The firm also has entered into a strategic relationship with RCS Capital’s retail advice business Cetera Financial Group.


Lone Star Funds to buy Home Properties in $7.6 bln take-private deal

Lone Star Funds has agreed to acquire Home Properties Inc in a take-private deal valued at about $7.6 billion. The transaction is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of this year. BofA Merrill Lynch served as financial advisor to Home Properties while Goldman Sachs.did likewise for Lone Star. Home Properties Inc owns, operates, acquires and repositions apartment communities in major metropolitan suburbs.


Fortress closes Credit Real Estate Opportunities Fund II on $1 bln

Fortress Investment Group has closed Credit Real Estate Opportunities Fund II on its $1 billion cap. Fund II launched fundraising in 2014. About half of the commitments to Fund II came from public and corporate pensions, endowments and foundations. The fund has deployed about 20 percent of its capital in the U.S. and Europe. The prior Credit Real Estate Opportunities Fund closed on $625 million in 2011.


Reonomy raises $13 mln, led by Bain Capital Ventures

New York-based Reonomy announced it has raised $13 million in a Series B round. Bain Capital Ventures led the funding, which includes existing investors SoftBank Capital, Resolute Ventures, High Peaks Venture Partners, KEC Ventures, FinTech Collective and Solon Mack Capital, the family office of William Mack, Richard Mack and Stephen Mack. Reonomy, which provides a data platform covering commercial real estate, has now raised about $18 million in total funding, including a $3.7 million Series A round raised last year. As part of the funding, Mike Krupka, managing director of Bain Capital Ventures, has joined the board.


Cincinnati startup EBTH grabs $13 mln

Cincinnati-based Everything But The House, an online real estate firm, has closed $13 million in Series A funding. The investors included Spark Capital and Greycroft Partners. According to the firm, the capital will be used for growth and expansion.


CrowdStreet fetches $800K

Real estate crowdfunding marketplace CrowdStreet said Tuesday that it has secured $800,000 in seed funding. Green Visor Capital and Seven Peaks Ventures led the round with participation from Portland Seed Fund. In addition to the funding, Dino Vendetti, general partner at Seven Peaks Ventures, and Simon Yoo, managing partner at Green Visor Capital, have been added to the firm’s board of directors. Also, CrowdStreet has hired Ian Formigle as vice president of Investments and Steve Drew as vice president of product and marketing.


March Capital and Triangle Peak back Agent Ace

Agent Ace said Monday that it has closed $6 million in Series A funding. The investors included March Capital Partners and Triangle Peak Partners. Based in Santa Monica, Calif., Agent Ace is a provider of real estate agent recommendation services.


Real estate platform Urban Compass snags $40 mln Series B

New York City-based real estate platform Urban Compass has received $40 million in Series B funding. The investors included Thrive Capital, Founders Fund, .406 Ventures, CEO Marc Benioff, American Express CEO/Chairman Kenneth Chenault and Condé Nast parent company Advance Publications. According to the firm, the capital infusion will be used for growth and expansion as well as invest more in technology.

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Arent Fox expands real estate practice

Arent Fox has appointed partners Mark S. Fawer and Carolyn Austin and associate Brandilyn Y. Dumas. The newly appointed professionals will be based in the firm’s New York office, where they will focus on representing lenders, private equity funds, real estate developers, real estate investment trusts, and other investors in the financing, acquisition, disposition, and development of multifamily, retail, industrial, office, and hotel properties.

Carlyle-Backed New Century REIT to Cut HK IPO by at Least Half – IFR

(Reuters) – New Century Real Estate Investment Trust, which is backed by private equity firm Carlyle Group, plans to slash its Hong Kong initial public offering by at least 50 percent because of tepid demand for new listings in the city, IFR reported on Thursday. The IPO will be at least half the up to $254 million originally planned, IFR reported. New Century owns four five-star hotels in mainland China.

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