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The Austin-based alternatives property investment manager aims to raise $500m for its third value-add fund, Virtus Real Estate Capital III.
The New York-headquartered firm’s $480m transaction with Taubman Asia to buy half-stakes in three malls in the region comes as volumes in the asset class continue to wane.
Shifts in governmental policy and investor values have led a number of real estate investment vehicles to focus on more than just financial returns.
Institutional investors accounted for two-thirds of the fund as alternative real estate investment demand continues to rise.
With a 2005 bet on data centers, one Bethesda, Maryland-based private equity real estate firm turned a $100m foreclosure buy into an $800m sale.
The Canadian pension and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC are making an $800m bet on the property type with newly-formed Mount Elbert Capital Partners.
Alpha Investment Partners has agreed to acquire a data center in Frankfurt from its sector-focused real estate fund.
The Menlo Park, California-based private equity firm has closed on one of the largest data center transactions ever on behalf of its separate account with CalPERS.
The White Plains, New York-based firm has sold a portfolio of five data centres to REIT Digital Realty Trust. Rockwood acquired three of the properties in 2006 and 2007 for roughly $120m.

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