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Natixis and AEW Europe raise EUR240m for Senior European Loan Fund

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Natixis Asset Management and AEW Europe are launching the Senior European Loan Fund, the first sub-fund of a closed-ended seven year fund structure investing in senior real estate loans.



On launch, the fund is completing a first close with commitments of EUR240m and is targeting an investment capacity of EUR500m.
 
Targeted at professional investors (as defined in MiFID) and qualified institutional investors, the Senior European Loan Fund aims to deliver returns equivalent to investment grade bonds.
 
The fund will invest in senior real estate loans, financing high quality real estate assets including offices, retail and logistics, located in Europe and predominantly in France, Germany and the UK.

The fund will adopt a dual investment strategy comprising financing new loans in partnership with banks, and purchasing existing loans.
 
It is managed by Senior European Loan Management, a subsidiary of AEW Europe. The management company is advised by a team from Natixis Asset Management, consisting of two senior portfolio managers with a combined experience of over 25 years in fixed income, and by real estate debt specialists at AEW Europe.
 
Christian Delaire (pictured), chief executive of AEW Europe, says: "The real estate financing market is experiencing a structural change with a marked decrease in funding capacity of the banking system, creating an opportunity for the emergence of new participants in real estate debt. The creation of this fund aims to offer our clients access to this new market opportunity. I am also pleased to announce that the fund should complete its first investment shortly."
 
"The combination of AEW Europe’s real estate skills and expertise with Natixis Asset Management’s track record in debt and fixed income provides our customers a unique and effective approach to this market," says Pascal Voisin, chief executive of Natixis Asset Management.

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