Patron Capital raises £804m

Patron Capital, the pan-European institutional investor, has closed its fifth fund, raising €949m (£804m) including approximately €143m of co-investment capital.

Patron Capital, V L.P. (Fund V) exceeded its original target of €750m, attracting investors from nine countries, with the majority of commitments coming from North America, followed by Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Investors included pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations and asset managers.

Fund V will continue the same investment strategy as Patron’s previous funds, opportunistically targeting distressed and undervalued investments, directly or indirectly related to property, across Western Europe. The fund will invest across a range of sectors in property-backed corporate investments as well as individual properties.

Around €164m has already been deployed, with investments to date across office, residential and retail properties and corporate entities in the UK, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.

Keith Breslauer, Patron Capital’s founder and managing director, said: “With returns over our 17-year history averaging around 15%, we have proven experience of identifying opportunities and maximising value. The fact that we closed this fund in the lead up to and immediate aftermath of Brexit – and were significantly oversubscribed – highlights investors’ confidence in our ability to deliver strong returns in any economic environment. Fund V aims to continue the successful strategy of our fourth fund, which has already returned over 60% of capital invested to date and is projected to provide an IRR to our investors of over 25%.

“Our new fund alone gives us the financial firepower to invest in around €3bn of assets and our experienced and hands-on team means we are very well placed to make the most of the significant distressed opportunities that exist in Western Europe. Having already made a number of investments across various countries and sectors, we are actively looking to deploy capital, and have several further opportunities currently under consideration.”​

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