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Catalyst holds first close

by Andrea Waitrovich

Catalyst Capital has held a first close for its €1.25 billion ($1.4 billion) Catalyst European Property Fund II.

At the first close, Catalyst raised equity commitments of €150 million ($168 million) from global institutional investors.

The investors are a mix of U.S. and European pension funds, U.S. endowments, funds of funds, family offices and wealth management firms, including investors from Catalyst’s first European real estate fund, Catalyst European Property Fund I.

The value-added fund will invest in the office and retail sectors and, geographically, specifically in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Catalyst believes there is the potential to source attractive value-creation opportunities and capitalize on the market dislocation between prime and secondary assets. It will target a diversified portfolio of income-producing assets and development and refurbishment opportunities.

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