- April 1, 2021: Vol. 13, Number 4

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BlackRock closes on US$1.175b for Asia Property Fund V

by Kali Persall

BlackRock Real Assets has raised US$1.175 billion for its BlackRock Asia Property Fund V (AFV), surpassing its US$1 billion fundraising target despite market volatility created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

AFV was backed by a diverse group of institutional investors across Europe, Asia and the Americas, including private pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and endowments. BlackRock said 75 percent of existing investors in the predecessor fund, as well as new investors, committed capital to AFV.

The value-added strategy will invest in real estate assets across Asia Pacific.

“Our strategy remains tilted toward the conservative end of the value-add spectrum to build a portfolio of cash-generating assets offering a large spread between yield and funding costs,” said John Saunders, head of BlackRock Asia Pacific Real Estate. “This has proven to be a very resilient strategy during 2020, during which we have seen rent collectio

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