Accelerate Investment Partners and CBRE Investment Management have launched Accelerate Infrastructure Opportunities, a new strategy to invest in digital and renewable real property interests across North America.
Plano-based Accelerate’s infrastructure strategy acquires, owns, and manages investments in ground leases and land under critical infrastructure assets that generate long-term, sustainable cash flow, such as cellular infrastructure, billboards, and renewable assets, including wind, solar, storage and EV charging projects.
The founder and CEO of Accelerate, Brennan Potts, expressed his enthusiasm about the new partnership. “We’re excited to have a strong, supportive partner in CBRE IM to help fund our company’s growth,” Potts said in a statement. He further added that their “ability to invest through the development and operations of an infrastructure project, with committed and long-term capital from a partner who shares their values, has placed them in a leading position within the industry.” Potts believes the new partnership will help Accelerate to better serve its customers.
Creative and collaborative capital solutions
The company said Accelerate focuses on developing mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with property owners, tenants, developers, operators, and brokers. Its collaborative approach and creative capital solutions can provide value to its partners, while also delivering differentiated risk-adjusted returns for investors, Accelerate said.
In a recent statement, Robert Shaw, managing director of private infrastructure at CBRE IM, spoke highly of Accelerate’s long-term partnership focus on acquiring real property interests under renewable and digital infrastructure projects.
Shaw believes the “partnership focus on acquiring real property interests under renewable and digital infrastructure projects provides an innovative way to deploy capital in the infrastructure 2.0 assets” that will thrive in the new digital, green economy.
Shaw also commended Accelerate for their proven track record of helping property owners, developers and operators maximize the value of their properties or projects with agility, speed, and certainty of closing, which he said makes them an excellent partner.
Accelerating impactful value
Along with Potts, Accelerate’s management team includes industry veterans Brandon O’Gara (managing partner and chief financial officer), Graeme Kavanagh (partner and chief revenue officer), Joshua Castillo (partner and chief investment officer, infrastructure), Brenda Hurst (partner and chief operating officer), Isaiah Cisneroz (partner and chief technology officer), and Cynthia Newman (partner, chief accounting officer and treasurer).
FirstPoint Equity was the exclusive financial adviser for Accelerate. Accelerate engaged Vinson & Elkins LLP and CBRE IM engaged King & Spalding LLP as their respective legal advisers.
Founded in 2016, Accelerate manages more than 1,200 real property interests across the United States with $500 million in combined assets and capital commitments. Its mission is to deliver impactful value for investors, property owners, and tenants through a values-based approach to investments that support a secure and sustainable future.
An independently operated affiliate of CBRE
CBRE Investment Management is a global real assets investment management firm with $149.3 billion in assets under management as of Dec. 31. It operates in more than 30 offices and 20 countries around the world.
Through its investor-operator culture, CBRE Investment Management seeks to deliver sustainable investment solutions across real assets categories, geographies, risk profiles, and execution formats.
It is an independently operated affiliate of Dallas-based CBRE Group Inc., the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. CBRE has roughly 115,000 employees (excluding Turner & Townsend employees) serving clients in more than 100 countries.
CBRE Investment Management harnesses CBRE’s data and market insights, investment sourcing, and other resources for the benefit of its clients.
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