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Release: Key Family Partners strengthens Alternative Investment Committee

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Geneva, 10 January 2023 – Key Family Partners, the Multi-Family Office based in Geneva, has appointed Eric Sarasin and Fabian Godbersen as external members of its Alternative Investment Committee. The strengthening of the Committee comes at a time when niche real estate strategies appear particularly promising.

Eric Sarasin is the previous Deputy CEO of Bank Sarasin and an active investor in Private Equity and Venture Capital, with over 25 years of experience in these asset classes. He also sits on the Board of the Swiss Ventures Group, a privately financed group that has become one of Switzerland’s most active early-stage investors, and of Tiger 21 Zurich, an exclusive network of successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors with 700 members worldwide.

Fabian Godbersen has over 18 years of experience in real estate Private Equity and M&A advisory. Founder of Bergson Real Estate Capital, he previously worked at Morgan Stanley in Frankfurt as Vice-president, and at the Blackstone Group, as Managing Director and Head of Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Marc Phillipe Davies, Managing Partner, said: “We are honoured to have such distinguished experts in the field of Private Equity and real estate join our Alternative Investment Committee. Their experience and in-depth knowledge of these demanding asset classes will be invaluable as we continue our real estate investment strategy, which has proven particularly successful this year.”

Significant activity in real estate and direct investments

Since its inception 3 years ago, Key Family Partners has invested in over 20 real estate deals, such as residential, office logistics and student housing. During the same period, Key Family Partners has participated in 41 Venture Capital and Private Equity deals across 12 countries. Commitments in Venture Capital included companies spanning FinTech, PropTech, AgriTech and MedTech. Examples include a start-up bank in Norway, an alternative meat technology company based in Israel and a global property tech firm from Greece.

A bright future for real estate through niche strategies

Despite the bleak current macro-economic conditions, the outlook appears bright in 2023 for real estate secondaries, equity and mezzanine, as banks start to decrease their Loan-to-Value thresholds as interest rates start to bite. Nimble real estate investors, in a market where liquidity is tightening, could benefit from this tremendous opportunity, with expected target returns of 15% IRR, similar to what their real estate investments delivered in 2022.

Marc-Phillipe Davies explained: “We invest on a deal-by-deal basis, meaning we are never overexposed to an individual sponsor, location or sector. We believe smaller is better in this sub-industry so we provide financing to smaller developers or projects often ill-served by traditional lenders. Our team of highly experienced advisors can carry out initial due diligence and credit analysis swiftly and then have indicative terms out to sponsors quicker than many of their peers.”

Due diligence and agility are key

As in all alternative asset classes, thorough due diligence is essential to success, and involves obtaining full asset and liability statements showing a sponsor’s net worth in real terms. Thanks to its experience, ability to agree terms and turn deals around quickly, developers tend to prefer to work with Key Family Partners. Investors thus benefit from far higher IRRs in an asset class that traditionally delivers much lower returns.

David Buzzard, KFP’s real estate advisor, added: “We check full credit history and speak with previous lenders about the sponsors’ performance and lending history. A final level of security is ensuring they have full reliance on legal report on titles, valuation reports and project monitoring surveyors reports. When lending, we also take charges over assets and personal guarantees from the borrowers, ensuring both extra layer of protection and aligning interests between the borrower and KFPs investors.”

For information contact:

Marc-Phillipe Davies                                                                 Ricardo Payro

Key Family Partners SA                                                            Payro Communication Sàrl

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