Private: Case Studies

U.K. Public Pension Fund

Client Name

U.K. Public Pension Fund


A global, diversified segregated portfolio of funds investing in real assets, including real estate, infrastructure, timber and agriculture (farmland.)


With a new allocation to alternative real assets, this client was seeking sustainable investments in property, infrastructure and timberland-farmland to meet specific responsible, environmental and financial risk-reward criteria.


Townsend worked collaboratively with the client to develop a custom investment strategy designed to improve risk-adjusted returns, enhance diversification, overcome difficult economic conditions and strengthen the client’s commitment as a long term, responsible investor.

To help achieve these goals, the Fund targeted a broader asset range and increased real asset allocation to include property, infrastructure and timberland-farmland.

Our open-architecture, global real asset investment platform enables this creative investment strategy. The Fund can build a durable, strategic core while taking advantage of tactical opportunities as they arise across the full real asset class opportunity set and risk/return profile.

The resulting global portfolio has a target allocation to real assets of 12% and a target net return after inflation of 4-6%. With specific investment guidelines by property type, manager, investment size, leverage and geography, the fund has general asset class guidelines optimized for flexibility and risk/return.

  • Property             < 65%
  • Timberland        < 30%
  • Infrastructure     < 50%
  • Agriculture         < 40%


This mandate began in early 2013 with the portfolio expected to develop over 2-4 years with a measured deployment of global capital into sustainable real assets. The portfolio may invest in both open-end and closed-end structures, including limited partnerships and both primary and secondary funds.

In early 2014, client portfolio had approximately £150 million in commitments across 21 investment holdings. Recent investments include a UK renewable energy infrastructure fund and global, diversified forestry fund along with several European property funds— both equity and debt.

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