Leading real estate investment management firm Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors and a second institutional real estate investor have entered into a strategic venture with Clarion Partners Europe, a real estate investment manager specialising in logistics and industrial assets, to invest €300 million in strategically located, core plus, value-add and build-to-core logistics opportunities across Europe.
Launching against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, the venture is seeking to invest in opportunities in a sector that has benefitted from an acceleration of the structural changes that are underpinning the growth of e-commerce. The venture will target opportunities in and around proven Continental European cities where there is limited supply, employing a primarily build-to-core strategy to amass a portfolio of industrial assets typically in the €20 million to €100 million value range. Alongside ground up development, the venture will also seek to create value through investing in underperforming assets.
Jasper Petit, Senior Portfolio Manager European investments, Bouwinvest, said: “The logistics sector is a growth market. It is well positioned for the coming decade, with strong demand from occupiers and investors driven by favorable megatrends. This is an excellent strategy to increase our exposure to the sector.” Robert Koot, Director European Investments, Bouwinvest, added: “This investment contributes to Bouwinvest’s objective of achieving a long-term solid return for our client. We are aligned with the ambitions and views of both Clarion Partners Europe and our other partner.”
This strategic venture is the first for Clarion Partners Europe (formerly Gramercy Europe), which has acquired and managed more than €2.5 billion of European logistics real estate, since Clarion Partners LLC acquired a majority stake in the company in April last year. Clarion Partners LLC is one of the largest investment advisers focused on industrial assets with a $20 billion, 750-property U.S. industrial portfolio.
Alistair Calvert, CEO of Clarion Partners Europe, commented: “We continue to see compelling opportunities to leverage our extensive experience to develop high quality, modern logistics facilities in prime markets across Europe. This is a strategy that is currently underserved in Europe. The Covid-19 pandemic has only served to accelerate demand for well located, industrial product in established locations in response to changing consumer behavior. We are excited to partner up again with Bouwinvest and our other joint venture partner.”