Private Markets

ARA manages and co-invests in private funds which offer a range of strategies and risk profiles across asset classes and geographies to cater to investors’ diverse risk profiles and requirements.

  • Private real estate funds
  • Credit
  • Infrastructure

ARA manages a diverse suite of private real estate funds which offer a range of strategies, risk profiles and asset classes, including office, retail, residential and hospitality, in a variety of geographic regions. ARA’s vertically-integrated business includes development and value-add asset management capabilities, an in-house capital raising team, and property management expertise in local markets where ARA invests and manages assets. 

An experienced management team and successful track record have led to a broad range of investors, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowment funds, insurers, family offices, financial institutions and high net-worth clients to place their trust in us, time and again. 

Our Philosophy

Our approach to fund management places a singular focus on our investors and leverages the rich investment experience and full resources of the ARA Group to deliver long-term sustainable returns. 

We combine a fundamental, value-oriented investment approach with independent research and insights derived from years of experience to identify high quality, well-located properties with potential for long-term capital appreciation and sustainable income. We believe long-term returns can be achieved through our proven asset management and property management expertise.

Our rigorous process ensures each asset is consistent with an investment strategy that meets our clients’ needs and investment objectives. As part of this process, our teams also look at how sustainability-related factors can affect asset values, property management and financial markets over time and incorporate these into our decision making and operations.  

ARA Private Funds (APAC Real Estate) has also been awarded multiple accolades including Firm of the Year, Asia at the PERE Global Awards, Real Estate Investor of the Year, Asia by The Asset and high Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) ratings for its private funds. Click here to find out more about ARA’s sustainability efforts.

We adopt the following principles:

  • Focus on capital preservation and maximisation of risk-adjusted returns;
  • Identify properties with potential reliable and stable sources of distributable income coupled with deal structuring to minimise risk and maximise returns;
  • Identify asset enhancement potential and execute on our strategy to realise the full potential of our assets;
  • Utilise capital structures that can withstand volatile market conditions, enhance returns and preserve capital;
  • Mitigate risk through geographic and asset diversification;
  • Ensure rigorous risk management and corporate governance oversight to protect investors’ interest;
  • Provide meticulous underwriting by judiciously employing analytics, reasonable assumptions and defensible growth projections to determine property valuations.

Featured Investments

  • Office
  • Retail
  • Commercial
  • MICE
  • LazadaOne, Singapore
  • Capital Square, Singapore
  • Parc. 1 NH Financial Tower (Tower II), Seoul, Korea
  • Seoul Square, Seoul, Korea
  • 300 Queen Street, Brisbane, Australia
  • BEA Finance Tower, Shanghai, China
  • Suntec Place Sanlin, Shanghai, China
  • Dalian Roosevelt Plaza, Dalian, China
  • The Atrium, Chengdu, China
  • Ipoh Parade, Ipoh, Malaysia
  • CITTA Mall, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
  • Century Link, Shanghai, China
  • Southgate, Melbourne, Australia
  • Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore

Investor Portal

If you are an existing investor, click on the link below to access information about our Private Funds.

Growing investor demand for real estate credit over the past decade has coincided with banks paring back their lending activities, driven largely by stricter regulations. With a prudent approach to risk management, strong track record in direct lending and deep networks, the ARA Venn platform has developed a variety of innovative private debt products covering commercial and residential real estate sectors in the UK and Europe.

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Residential Mortgages

Operating in the Dutch and UK residential mortgage markets, ARA Venn provides investors with dedicated access into these prime private debt markets, while offering innovative, transparent and competitively-priced mortgage products to customers through its affiliated mortgage platforms.

Commercial Real Estate

ARA Venn has completed €2.0 billion of new lending since 2013 across the UK and Europe. It invests in whole loans and junior loans across all asset classes, including operating assets.

Private Rented Sector Guarantee Scheme

Following a public procurement tender process, ARA Venn was selected by the UK’s Department for Communities and Local Government (now the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government) to be the delivery partner for its £3.5 billion Private Rented Sector Guarantee Scheme in 2014.

Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme

In October 2020, following a competitive public procurement tender process, ARA Venn was appointed by UK Government to manage a £3 billion Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme. ARA Venn is responsible for establishing and managing the scheme, including the origination, underwriting and on-going management of the loans and developing and managing a government guaranteed bond programme to efficiently fund them.

Credit Advisory

ARA Venn has developed a proprietary booking, reporting, management and risk analytics tool for real estate loans and other asset-backed credit products, Venn Risk Analytics (VeRA), which is used to support the risk management of its own products and is also licensed to external asset managers.

ARA Infrastructure comprises experienced infrastructure investment professionals with a strong track record in originating, acquiring and managing infrastructure assets globally.

Investment Philosophy and Strategies

We offer investors exposure to diversified, high-quality global infrastructure assets that deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns. The platform invests in infrastructure assets and businesses that deliver essential services, have significant barriers to entry and provide strong, reliable cash flows. The essential, long-life nature of infrastructure assets provides relatively stable returns and protection from market cycles.

Our investment strategy involves making influential equity investments in medium-sized infrastructure assets, companies or platforms with scope for significant operational improvements, growth and value-creation and incorporates a strong focus on environmental, social and governance considerations.