Brookfield Asset Management’s Public Securities Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Center Coast Capital Holdings, an affiliate of Center Coast Capital Advisors (CCC), a Houston-based SEC-registered investment adviser focusing on energy infrastructure investments, including master limited partnerships with more than $4 billion in assets under management.
In conjunction with the transaction, Brookfield also will acquire certain assets of Liberty Street Advisors, a New York-based SEC-registered investment adviser that serves as the investment adviser to the Liberty Street family of funds. Additionally, Brookfield will acquire certain assets of Liberty Street’s affiliates, HRC Fund Associates, and HRC Portfolio Solutions, a New York-based third-party marketing and servicing agent of CCC products to financial advisors and wealth managers at major wire houses, independent registered investment advisers and independent broker-dealers. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Founded in 2007, CCC manages energy infrastructure assets with an investment process focused on due diligence from an owner-operator perspective. CCC invests in a portfolio of MLPs and other high-quality energy infrastructure companies through the following products: Center Coast MLP Focus Fund (CCCAX) (CCCCX) (CCCNX) (the “Focus Fund”); Center Coast MLP & Infrastructure Fund; separately managed accounts; and other investment funds. Liberty Street has served as the investment adviser to the Focus Fund since its inception on December 31, 2010, and HRC has served as the marketing and servicing agent to wealth management channels for CCC products since 2011, and also serves as the shareholder servicing agent to the Center Coast MLP & Infrastructure Fund. Following the completion of the transaction, both HRC’s marketing business and Liberty Street’s advisory business with respect to the Liberty Street family of mutual funds will continue.
The acquisition of CCC will strengthen and expand Brookfield’s business and research capability, diversifying its real asset public securities investment offerings, which currently focus on real estate equities, infrastructure equities, real asset solutions and real asset debt. In addition, with the acquisition of certain HRC assets related to CCC, Brookfield will broaden its national retail distribution capability that markets its suite of public securities investment funds. CCC will benefit from Brookfield’s strong distribution relationships and the continued development of its investment team, while broadening its product offerings.
The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals, including shareholder approvals for the funds, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.