Administration

CalPERS Buys Stake in Real Estate Investment Adviser

By Jay Polansky editors@plansponsor.com | June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) became a one-third owner in one of North America’s largest real estate investment advisers.

CalPERS acquired the $100 million ownership interest in Bentall Kennedy that has been held for the past two decades by Ivanhoe Cambridge, the real estate investment subsidiary of the Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec. The remaining two-thirds limited partnership ownership is evenly split between the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) and Bentall Kennedy’s senior management team.

“Bentall Kennedy’s North America-wide business platform for real estate investment is a welcome addition to our real estate strategy,” said Henry Jones, Chair of CalPERS Investment Committee. “We have maintained a strong relationship with them over the years and fully support their investment strategy and shared goals of successful and sustainable long-term investment performance.”

CalPERS has more than $18 billion invested in global real estate – approximately 8% of the fund’s $228 billion investment portfolio.