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Real Estate Private Equity Fund - Quarterly Review


Second Quarter, 2013

CohnReznick Presents Its Thoughts and Insights for the Real Estate Private Equity Fund Industry
Welcome to CohnReznick’s first edition of what we trust will be an informative, high-level snapshot of the current state of the real estate private equity fund industry. Each quarter, we will discuss a broad array of compelling issues, challenges, and opportunities that most private equity funds are facing in today’s uncertain economic, regulatory, and political climate. We will also share what we’re doing to help our clients successfully navigate these challenges and capitalize on these opportunities.
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Capital Investment in Real Estate Private Equity Funds
Investment in real estate private equity funds has been volatile since last fall, but taken together, the last three quarters have been the strongest for fundraising since the onset of the fall 2007 recession.
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Current M&A Activity and Key Transactions
Investors looking for yield include many institutions with long-term investment horizons. Players like Lone Star Funds and Canyon Capital Realty Advisors have joined pension plans, foundations, endowments, and insurance companies who are actively expanding their investments in CRE.
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Fundraising Challenges
With the flood of investor dollars pouring into CRE, competition for investors is fierce among private equity funds. Funds are now seeking more money from investors than at any time since early 2010, with the exception of the 4th quarter of 2012.
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Private Equity Looks for Opportunity
As the U.S. economy continues to strengthen, private equity funds are reaching beyond their investment comfort zones to focus instead on opportunistic strategies that carry more risk, but can offer substantially higher returns.
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A Brief Look at Sectors
With inventory in serious demand, vacancy rates near historic lows, and the number of renters continuing to expand, the multifamily sector has continued to perform extremely well. Industrial, office, and retail, however, are recovering but are still lagging due to the sluggish economic recovery.
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Federal Oversight and Regulatory News
Basel III, Dodd-Frank, quantitative easing, FIRPTA and looming tax reform are all raising cautionary flags for private equity funds. In addition, amidst the regulatory uncertainty, operating costs are continuing to escalate.
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A Leader Shares Insight – Scott Farb on Opportunities and Challenges Facing Today’s CFOs
Scott Farb, a CohnReznick Partner who leads the Commercial Real Estate Industry Practice in the West Region, comments on the evolving role of today’s private equity fund CFO.
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CohnReznick’s commercial real estate professionals bring extensive, real-world experience and specialized industry knowledge to each and every client engagement. As acknowledged thought leaders who understand the broadest range of accounting, tax, and business issues across every sector of the industry, we provide institutional clients with an array of services ranging from audit, assurance, and tax compliance to transaction structuring, valuations and appraisals, due diligence, regulatory compliance, and mergers and acquisitions advisory. Our clients include private equity funds, pension funds, land developers, home builders, and hotel and resort owners and operators. For more information, please visit www.cohnreznick.com/commercialrealestate.

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