September 19, 2018

Are redemption requests reaching crisis proportions at UBS Trumbull?

Redemptions, key departures, and under-performance may be fueling a growing exit queue in the UBS flagship real estate fund A new report from UNITE HERE examines recent redemptions, staff departures, and under-performance of the UBS Trumbull Property Fund. Read the full report here Key Issues: Since 2017, LPs have sought redemptions of over $1.3 billion […]

June 19, 2018

Lowe Enterprises Loses major Client

In April 2018, the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System (PA SERS) announced that it was ending its almost quarter century with Lowe Enterprises Investors. PA SERS accounted for more than 70 percent of Lowe’s public pension fund assets under management, making it one of the firm’s most important clients. In recent years, Lowe not only […]

November 7, 2017

UNITE HERE releases updated list of responsible, irresponsible private equity real estate managers

UNITE HERE has released the third update to its List of Responsible and Irresponsible Private Equity Managers in the hospitality industry to help staff and trustees of pension funds and other institutional investors in their due diligence of fund managers. Click here or the full list. New additions to the list of Responsible managers include GEM Realty […]

October 10, 2017

Staffing Concerns at CBRE Global Investors

Our new report, “Staffing Concerns at CBRE Global Investors,” is available here. Key Points: CBRE Global Investors (GI) has experienced significant turnover in recent years. Between March 2012 and March 2017, the number of employees with investment advisory functions has fallen from 134 to 71. Over the same period, the ratio of Assets Under Management […]

October 9, 2017

‘May’ You Take Us to the Cleaners? SEC Wants GPs to Use Definitive Language in Form ADV Brochures

Full report available here.   A recently published piece from Buyouts highlighted a push by the SEC for the use of definitive language in communicating with current and prospective clients. As an example, the article title asks, “Do you accelerate monitoring fees? Don’t say you ‘may’ in your Form ADV.”   Prompted by this article, we […]

September 11, 2017

Ares Increases Stake in Dental Firm Fined $1.7 Million by State Attorneys General for Deceptive Practices

On June 13, 2017 Ares increased its stake in Aspen Dental Management, Inc. – a dental business support firm that has been investigated by state attorneys general for misleading practices and the unauthorized practice of dentistry. Key Points Since 2010 Aspen paid $1.7 million in settlements with state attorneys general in New York, Indiana, Pennsylvania […]

August 2, 2017

Philadelphia Hotel Redevelopment: Headline Risk for Almanac’s Limited Partners?

Our new report, “Philadelphia Hotel Redevelopment: Headline Risk for Almanac’s Limited Partners?,” is available here.   Key Points Almanac Realty Investors was featured in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer headlined “U.S. Rep. Brady Slams Tax Credit for Philly Hotel in Letter to Treasury” HRI Properties, a portfolio investment of Almanac, is using $15 million […]

July 20, 2017

Strange Bedfellows: Are GreenOak investors losing out as a result of the firm’s partnership with hedge fund Tetragon Financial Group? (Revised)

GreenOak Real Estate founders Sonny Kalsi, John Carrafiell and Fred Schmidt, who formed the firm in 2010 after overseeing massive losses for pension fund investors in Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds (“MSREF”) during the financial crisis, brought on hedge fund Tetragon Financial Group (Euronext Amsterdam: TFG) as an early investor and equity owner. TFG affiliates […]

April 19, 2017

Ares’ Rose-Colored Portrait of Performance: Ares Management Fund Name, Pitch Materials Obscure Facts about Performance

Alternatives manager Ares Management maintains $99 billion in assets under management (AUM), yet none of the firm’s real estate funds have performed in the top quartile of peer funds. This report explores Ares Management’s business decisions that have obscured the historical of performance of some of its funds. Read the full report here.