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Corporate overview

UBS Asset Management’s Real Estate & Private Markets (REPM) business has been investing in real estate for 75 years, having launched its first real estate fund as early as 1943. Since then, the business has grown steadily, expanding the universe and scope of its real estate investments and adopting a truly diversified business model. On an assets under management basis, the business is one of the leading global real estate investment managers today. REPM’s capabilities include core, value add and increasingly opportunistic strategies on a global, regional and country basis. These are offered through open- and closed-end private (unlisted) funds, fund of funds, individually managed (separate) accounts, REITs and publicly traded real estate securities globally. The business actively manages direct investments in the hotel, industrial, multi-family/residential, office and retail real estate sectors, as well as in farmland in the US – a business that specialises in the acquisition, management and disposition of agricultural real estate investments.

Recent highlights

  • Closed second infrastructure fund-of-funds with EUR 368m of commitments. 
  • Surpassed fundraising target for second European infrastructure debt fund with over EUR 850m. 
  • Two global infrastructure funds achieved top GRESB assessment ratings, with one investment awarded Asset Sector Leader.

Our vision and beliefs

Infrastructure is capital intensive and typically has a long expected useful life, which can provide effective duration for liability-driven investors, who seek stable, predictable long-term cash flows. Private infrastructure debt provides a premium over public corporate bonds as compensation for the illiquid nature and the complexity of the investment, while infrastructure debt is lower risk than equivalently-rated corporate debt.

The defensive and essential characteristics of the assets, combined with the additional premium for private infrastructure, makes the asset class an attractive allocation for pension schemes and insurance companies. Furthermore, infrastructure can bring social and economic benefits to society. With these compelling aspects, global interest in infrastructure investments has surged over the past decade.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to sustainable investing. Our investment process involves rigorous vetting of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of the asset. Throughout the investment’s life, we continue to monitor the asset’s ESG impact. GRESB, the Global ESG Benchmark for Real Assets, ranked our equity assets #1 and #3 in their peer group. We’ve received an A plus rating from the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

Investment process and research

Our research strategies are focused on identifying and advising upon risk-adjusted return opportunities and developing detailed forecasts for markets globally. This allows us to assess future relative performance and to contribute to allocation decisions for specific strategies and mandates. Strategy also co-ordinates UBS-AM’s house view on real estate and infrastructure investment markets, drawing upon the research of our regionally-based research teams. As a manager of predominately core real assets, we focus on real estate and infrastructure offerings – both direct and indirect – which are largely long-term, income-driven investment strategies. Our team excels at the type of statistical and modelling work that informs and guides income-focused investment decisions. In this instance, we digest a wide array of market data – such as structure and usage of the property and infrastructure markets, demographics, performance and demand versus supply, to name just a few – to help determine relative value for portfolio managers and clients.

Strategies and product

Our Infrastructure platform invests globally across the key infrastructure sectors including energy, utilities, transportation, telecommunications and social infrastructure. Established in 2007, our dedicated team of specialists operates out of six international offices and manages over USD 4.5 bn in institutional client commitments.

Existing capabilities include closed end direct equity funds that invest in traditional, long-life infrastructure assets in developed countries. We target assets that provide essential services, possess strong cash flow and retain inflation protection attributes. Our direct platform also offers a clean energy strategy that concentrates on Switzerland and select other European countries. Our direct debt capability currently comprises a European strategy, which invests on a long-term basis in senior secured infrastructure credit.

REPM’s Multi-Manager Infrastructure business provides solutions for infrastructure investments on a diversified basis, tailored to match individual needs of institutional investors looking for exposure to the infrastructure sector. The offering includes closed-end private funds, customized investment structures as well as individually managed accounts, with a focus on operational infrastructure assets in OECD countries. The experienced team looks back at a solid track record, with commitments in 50 infrastructure funds to date and consistent performance throughout economic cycles.

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