A central European pension fund is using IPE Quest to search for direct infrastructure and direct lending managers.

According to searches QN-2381 and QN-2380, respectively, the pension fund wants to allocate €50m-100m to US direct lending, and €75m-100m to direct infrastructure investments.

The infrastructure mandate is for equity investments in OECD countries. The pension fund said it was not yet planning co-investments and wanted a commingled private fund that makes direct infrastructure investments.

The fund should be collective, although a managed account was not out of the question, the fund said.

The investor said it was open to funds with a particular strategy, such as a focus on renewable energy, and funds with a diversified infrastructure exposure.

It said it would consider hedged and unhedged investment structures denominated in US dollars.

The pension fund’s return target is net 6% or more on a Euro-hedged basis, and net 8% or more for US dollars.

Managers should have at least €1.5bn of assets under management for the asset class in question.

The pension fund’s direct lending mandate is targeting senior secured loans to companies in the lower-middle and middle-market brackets, meaning with revenue of around $500m (€422m) or EBITDA of $100m.

Managers should have at least €1bn of assets under management in direct lending.

The deadline for applications is 8 December for both mandates. Applicants should state performance gross of fees to 31 October.

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