Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments) and Acofi Gestion have joined forces to invest in middle-market real estate credit opportunities across France.

CPP Investments, investing through its real assets credit investment business, has committed €185m to the new venture.

In a joint statement, the companies said the venture will be advised by Acofi and will provide borrowers with a suite of debt financing solutions, targeting medium-sized whole loans and mezzanine loans to support commercial real estate.

“The partnership will invest in higher leverage, middle-market financings against stabilised, transitional and development assets that are not currently supported by mainstream lenders and will pursue an investment strategy that is diversified in terms of instrument, asset class and geography.”

Alain Carrier, the head of Europe, head of international at CPP Investments, said: “With France as one of the largest commercial real estate markets in Europe, we have identified a clear shortage of local, flexible and structured sources of debt finance, particularly for more complex transactions.

“As part of our broader growth strategy across Europe, we have selected Acofi Gestion as our partner to tap into this opportunity, providing long-term capital which will ultimately generate strong risk-adjusted returns.”

Christophe Murciani, the head of commercial real estate debt funds at Acofi Gestion, said: “Our new partnership with CPP Investments allows us to leverage our extensive on-the-ground direct sourcing network, and underwriting and asset management capabilities to support the deployment of this new and significant mandate.

“The venture will provide borrowers in France a new source of flexible capital to cater for their needs at a time when funding has become complex to source.”

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