Fortress Announces Closing of Fortress Japan Opportunity Domestic Fund
Company Release - 6/10/2010 10:28 AM EDT
$800 Million Cap Reached in First Yen Fund
Experienced Team to Capitalize on Opportunistic Investments in Japan
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG) today announced the successful close of its first Yen denominated opportunity fund, Fortress Japan Opportunity Domestic Fund, at ¥75 billion. This close brings the fund all the way to its cap of $800 million. The new fund has already invested approximately ¥20 billion ($200 million) in three transactions, and has committed to one additional transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the second quarter. The fund will invest primarily in real estate-related debt and other assets in Japan, and is expected to be fully invested over the next 12 months.
Daniel Mudd, Fortress’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “This successful close exemplifies our ability to capitalize on market opportunities that are aligning with the foundational strengths of our company. Pete Briger and the Fortress Credit team have tremendous experience spanning a range of investment cycles in Asia. Our local operations in Tokyo and our ability to leverage global corporate resources provide a significant advantage in sourcing, executing and managing complex investments in Japan and the surrounding region. We appreciate the confidence our limited partners have placed in us and we look forward to delivering strong investment results on their behalf.”
Thomas Pulley, Chief Investment Officer of Fortress Japan, said, “We believe that near-term pressures have created extraordinary opportunities in Japan. In 2009, we saw significant deleveraging by financial institutions, with sales of over $5 billion in non-core real estate-related assets. We expect that figure to more than double in 2010. As we have seen in previous cycles, broad-based deleveraging tends to result in supply-demand gaps, volatility, and significant price distortions. As these dynamics play out over the next five years, we believe a historic investment environment will take shape for experienced investors in Japan.”
Fortress is a leading global investment manager founded in 1998. Fortress offers alternative and traditional investment products. For more information regarding Fortress Investment Group LLC or to be added to our e-mail distribution list, please visit www.fortress.com.
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