Hines raises additional €305m for third European value-add fund

Hines raises additional €305m for third European value-add fund

Hines has raised an additional €305 million of equity from institutional investors for the Hines European Value Fund 3 (HEVF 3). 

The fund has raised over €1.45bn since its launch in mid-2022, with an initial target of €1.5bn equity raising.

Final closing of HEVF 3 is planned to take place in November 2023, with the fund’s investment period running until mid-2026. 

Hines has previously raised over €1.8bn of commitments for the first and second HEVF vintages in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

Two weeks ago, the firm acquired the 103,000-square-foot Film House in the West End of London on behalf of the fund.

In keeping with the consistent strategy of the HEVF series, HEVF 3 is expected to acquire a value-add portfolio diversified across major sectors in primary European markets.

The HEVF series places high priority on sustainability credentials, and each project investment HEVF 3 acquired aims to target the highest ESG certifications and performance. Predecessor fund HEVF 2 achieved a score of 94/100 in GRESB for 2022 and was also recognised as ESG Closed-End Fund of the Year globally in 2022 by the US industry body Pension Real Estate Association (PREA).

The HEVF series sits alongside Hines’ other European flagship funds including its open-ended core-plus vehicle, Hines European Property Partners (HEPP), and long-term core strategy, Hines European Core Fund (HECF).

Paul White, Senior Managing Director and Fund Manager of the HEVF series, commented: “We expect to exceed our original fund-raising target of €1.5bn, despite the very challenging market conditions, and we are excited about the potential for HEVF 3. We have been patient with our dry-powder and very intentionally applied a high threshold of selectivity over the last year, only committing to two investments up to May 2023. We are finally feeling steadier market ground and returning liquidity at appropriately re-based pricing. We are convinced we can invest into a generational cycle correction, while post-Covid behaviours and the ESG agenda cut across existing supply and demand patterns. We anticipate this being a productive period for us to use our off-market origination network, our expert knowledge of fundamentals, and our value-creation skillset across the lifecycle of real estate assets to great effect for our investors.”

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