ACRE Solutions Partners with Silverpeak and Capstone to Expand Real Estate Secondaries Market

NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Phil Barker and Sam Khatib, former executives of CBRE Capital Advisors, are launching a new venture, ACRE Solutions, to serve and foster the secondary market for limited partnership positions in open- and closed-end real estate funds and direct assets. The firm is backed by partnerships with Silverpeak and Capstone Equities, and the team is fully registered with FINRA to execute securities transactions.

ACRE, short for ‘Alternative Capital Replacement,’ is a boutique real estate advisory focused on servicing institutional investors and family offices by offering strategic solutions to manage capital liquidity. ACRE advises real estate investors that have liquidity concerns and presents options that they may not have known were possible. Combining its affiliations with Silverpeak and Capstone, ACRE has assembled a unique origination network to find and nurture opportunities on both sides of the acquisition and exit equation. 

"I’m delighted that we can form this venture with Phil Barker, one of the leading players in the real estate secondaries marketplace. We collectively saw the opportunity to grow an independent intermediary platform as a market and thought leader. We intend to prioritize liquidity and transparency in both the fund sector as well as private LP and partial interest secondaries," said Josh Zamir, Co-founder of Capstone Equities.

Barker, CEO and Managing Partner, and Khatib, Senior Director, worked together at CBRE, where they specialized in secondaries, capital raising, and all forms of investment advisory. The executive team possesses over 40 years of collective investment experience and has executed more than $6 billion of real estate alternative investments, including more than $2.5 billion in secondary transfers across 50+ transactions.

The secondary market has shown growth in recent years by offering buyers and sellers not only an avenue for liquidity but also a more efficient mechanism to re-adjust risk and proactively manage real estate exposure. Secondaries enable investors to immediately deploy capital alongside strategic sponsors and mitigate the risks associated with primary investments. Fund investors can often purchase vested LP exposure at a discount, eliminating blind pool risk and J-curve considerations while creating a diversified portfolio in an accelerated time frame. Conversely, sellers are able to crystallize investment returns before the original exit plan and, in certain cases, manage tax implications more effectively. 

ACRE delivers the flexibility to adjust investment exposure. This is particularly relevant with the recent market uncertainty caused by the C-19 pandemic. When there is a misalignment of interest between LPs’ and GPs’ objectives or timelines, the need for secondary solutions becomes more critical. Independent intermediaries can facilitate anonymous price discovery and portfolio rebalancing in a more efficient and proactive manner.

"We’re 100% focused on real estate and have the experience and underwriting capabilities to be as granular as needed in our analysis of single assets through to evaluating positions in the largest open-end diversified funds. We understand the market need for these services and are actively working with owners of illiquid positions to monetize their interests and find replacement capital," said Barker.

Based on ACRE’s estimates, the annual U.S. secondary volume in the real estate market is projected to be in excess of $5 billion in the next few years and is expected to grow significantly as the market develops and matures.

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About ACRE Solutions 

ACRE Solutions, LLC is a specialized boutique advisory firm concentrating on real estate partial interests and single asset bespoke minority investment decisions. The firm specializes in all forms of commercial real estate investment replacement solutions, equity monetization, and recapitalizations across indirect and direct fund structures. Drawing on a network of institutional relationships and partners, ACRE provides clients with strategic and commercially viable solutions to their investment liquidity needs. Securities are offered and effected through CC Securities LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. 

About Silverpeak

Silverpeak is an alternative investment management firm focused on creating long-term value in real estate, energy, and credit. Since inception in 2010, Silverpeak’s real estate investment group has acquired over 225 separate investments totaling more than $20 billion in gross asset value across various property types and U.S. geographies. Ventures include investments in direct properties, platforms, and real estate companies, as well as development opportunities alongside experienced partners.

About Capstone

Capstone Equities is a Real Estate Private Equity firm focused on making strategic, value-add investments in leading commercial business districts across the U.S., targeting major asset classes. The team collectively has over 25 years of experience, purchasing more than $1.5 billion of real estate assets in over 25 transactions.

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