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Virginia Retirement System approves $200m commitment

The US public pension has backed Blackstone's ninth Real Estate Partners fund.

HNA’s fire sale showcases bargain opportunities for CRE investors

Recent asset dispositions by the embattled Chinese group indicates room for more discount buying opportunities, especially for opportunistic investors.

Blackstone to wrap up fundraising on BREP IX

The New York-based asset manager prepares to close on the institutional capital it has raised for its ninth global opportunistic real estate fund.

IMRF issues RFP for opportunistic real estate opportunities

The US public pension is seeking to commit at least $25m to a global opportunistic real estate vehicle.

Ares eyes US RE expansion with new leadership role

Former Blackstone senior managing director David Roth will lead the efforts to scale Ares’ US real estate strategy as partner in Ares Real Estate Group and head of US real estate private equity.

Carlyle raises $1.2bn

The US asset manager’s second RE secondaries vehicle is more than double the size of its predecessor.

Carlyle closes RE secondaries fund on $1.2bn

Metropolitan Real Estate’s previous vehicle in the strategy raised $550m.

PERE Predictions 2019: Chicago Teachers sees boost in RE debt allocations

Bracing for a possible market downturn in 2019, the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund sees allocations to real estate debt strategies as one way for pensions to meet the liabilities of their beneficiaries.

PERE Predictions 2019: European real estate: general or specific?

Institutional investors must figure out whether their Europe strategies should be broad or differentiated in 2019, argues Will Rowson, head of Europe at advisory firm Hodes Weill. 

Sun Life rounds out real estate offering with merged firm purchase

The Canadian insurer’s 56% stake purchase in the merger between its real estate investment business Bentall Kennedy and GreenOak Real Estate will allow it to offer its investors strategies from core to opportunistic.

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